For a few months I've been saying things like, "It must be hard to be a Republican these days." And it must. Friends of mine from "the other side" have been quiet about political matters for quite a while, practically from the time we first heard the name "Sarah Palin."
But Republicanism isn't what I'm concerned about today.
It's another situation. A horrible, shameful situation taking place not all that far from where I live. According to CNN and Huffpo and I suppose nearly all other media, a day camp located in Northeast Philadelphia contracted with a private swim club to have a place for the kids to cool off on the hot summer days. And apparently the first day they came to swim, the children were told to get out of the pool and the camp's money was refunded. There were comments like "What are those black kids doing here?" and a club member was quoted as saying that she worried that the campers "might do something" to her child.
You can read the story here if you haven't already heard all about it.
The Valley Club is located about a fifteen-minute drive from where I live.
It's hard to be Near Philadelphia right now. Of course, Huntingdon Valley is a pretty much all white community, and on the uppity side. But still.
What must those campers be feeling like?
And, just as important, what are the Valley Club members' children learning?
Mortified, Near Philadelphia