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July 15th, 2009
08:23 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 7/15/09

Editor's Note: Thursday’s American Morning viewers expressed strong opinion regarding the discrimination lawsuit by the Creative Steps Day Care against the Pennsylvania Valley Swim Club, with the majority opposed to the suit. Those opposed did not “see how the lawsuit will bring about any positive change to this situation.” Those in favor of the suit noted “this is 2009 and a lesson needs to be learned by anyone discriminating against anyone.”

Against Lawsuit:

  • Aisha: My name is Aisha and as an African American I understand what the Daycare center is going through at this difficult time. You hope through everything negative something positive happens. I really do not see how the lawsuit will bring about any positive change to this situation.
  • Glen: Does anyone have the understanding that "private" means just that "private'. They own the pool and they have the right to choose. It did not take them long to fire out the "lets sue" slogan.
  • Jeremy: I am so tried of this swimming case! It had no need to go to court and life goes on. This group is out to make a profit.
  • Lee: Regarding the children being denied access to the swimming pool, I find it an awful thing. My goodness, I thought such racism was over with and I'm speaking as a Southerner who is quite familiar with racism, sexism and homophobia. The owners of the pool should be sued out of business to make an example to others that such behavior cannot and will not be tolerated.
  • Stephanie: Do not sue over the swimming pool mess. It does not teach the kids to work things out peacefully. A court room is just another battle field. If it is done again, then go to court....but give peace a chance.
  • Jay: The whole idea that a public pool in Philadelphia would kick children out for being black is ridiculous. It's ALWAYS about race. It would not matter if there are other valid reasons. They will MAKE it racial. Racism won't die because blacks won't LET it die. Just another excuse to sue someone. Same story, different day.
  • Pat: White people get blamed for racism, at the drop of a hat. I have walked in black businesses, and did not even get a hello, I just left. This country is ok with reverse racism, I hear it on TV. every day. We have a black president, they need to get over it.
  • Dan: The lady you had on this morning from the swim club where the kids were expelled based on race. I disagree with the kids not being allowed in to the club. Equal opportunity; however, the comment the director made about one of the kids now suffering migraines from this is way out there. That is a bunch of bologna. Just a way to try and beef up the lawsuit.

For the Lawsuit:

  • Margo: By all means let the swimming pool issue go to court. This is 2009 and a lesson needs to be learned by anyone discriminating against anyone. Let it be another Rosa Parks moment.
  • Dawn: This story just proves that racism is alive and well in this post-Obama world. These children should not have to be the bigger "man" and make this a lessons learned event. The Valley Club should own up to their actions. Regarding the potential effects of a civil rights case on the Valley Club, I say....."let the chips fall how they may"!
  • Kamaal: The daycare understands that they are obligated to move forward with a lawsuit. Case closed.

Where do you stand on this issue? Is there a better alternative to settle this dispute than a lawsuit? What lessons will the children learn if nothing is resolved? What lessons if the daycare goes forward with the lawsuit?

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Ernest M. Johnson

    On the piece about the Valley Swimming Club (if I am correct about the name) I think they should be sued $1,000.000 for each child that was affected. Can you believe the excuse the management gave for this sick racist club was overcrowding, Yeah right. After they found out that the children were black and mixed their privileges were rescinded.

    I hope after the law suits are settled, the facility will be closed.

    Ernest M. Johnson

    July 16, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  2. JEZEBEL58

    No one understands racism unless you have experienced it.As Ms.Sotomayor says about the wise latina woman,you learn from your experience,does not matter if you're black or white.Regarding the swim club,I am sure they must have known who they were signing up and like a hotel you don't take reservations knowing that you won't be able to accomodate people.I think when the white members began complaining and the owners saw that the whites outnumbered the blacks they came up with an excuse.This is the 21st century and as history would have it,the blacks were kidnapped and brought to America to work the cotton fields.Live and let live,some of us may be better off than others but we certainly aren't better because we are all going to die some time and if I remember,the blood is still the color RED.Since the election I think things have gotten worse,you can hear the racism in peoples voices when they speak but they do have the first amendment on their side,he is only one man and it will take time to fix eight years of nothingness.The hearing is on, good luck to Ms.Sotomayor.

    July 16, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  3. Sam

    Get Real Now the club sent other daycares away as well. But because this particular daycare was black children and someone thought they had the right to free speech lets sue them. Give me a break.
    A white male walks on the wrong side of down and gets his face bashed in and is told by the world shouldn't have been there. The same white male makes a racial comment everyone goes after his wallet. A popular black male passes away and people want to make it a holiday; a white male just as popular dies and everyone says ho to bad. A black family walks into a restaurant made up of mostly whites they get stared at. boo woo a family walks into a restaurant made up of blacks their insulted from the time the arrive until the get back in their car. Lets not forget lets give the job to the black guy even though his not qualified and the three white guys are we need to reach are quota so we don't get sued.
    qive me a break and to think the call white people races.

    July 16, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  4. Bernice

    You know what the shame is here? I am a white American woman who was in terrible need of help, by a state, many years ago, but could not get ONE OUNCE of food for my baby ...because I was not black or Hispanic! I was cheated out of being able to become a doctor, because I was not black or hispanic! Those people now are heading off to the Supreme Courts! Those people had NO problem, because they were of color! Me and my white baby was forced to live hungry on the streets for months because I was white! Where was the justice for me or my baby? She had medical problems, underweight, hospitalized for serious conditions, and still help came for my baby.. Wish I would have had a dark tan. That is a shame! If you ever see a white lady on the side of the road in need of help (carrying a child), please help her! Or govt. may not because of her lack of color. They could have cared less if we were fed or safe. I felt so afraid. Thier answer was to remove my child and place her in a wealthy home. I left before that could happen and found a white family who wanted to help us. Shame on you America for allowing this racism to happen against the white citizens of the wonderful land!

    By the way, through love and very hard work, my child grew up into a fine young woman! She runs a huge department for one of the biggest sporting goods stores in the USA! I am so proud of my WHITE AMERICAN daughter! If it were up to them, we would have died! We need a NWACP! We need rights also!

    July 16, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  5. Sharon Neria

    I find this case very sad. Quite often situations are a result of the behavior of the individual and not the color of the skin. my family did not have slaves being poor white we had to do our own work. Everytime I hear a black politician or black rebel rouser bring up the slave card I have to wonder if this was there happy times.
    Does that same person use a cell phone, a computer, eat in restaruants, ride a bus, have an education? These are the rights that were fought for and achieved.
    Do they ever look at how their own attitude is the biggest barrier they have.

    July 16, 2009 at 7:09 am |
  6. lisa smith

    you were talking about michael jackson yesterday something to the effect of needle marks on his legs but i am unable to find the story.

    July 16, 2009 at 6:54 am |
  7. Coty

    They returned other checks! Not just the one daycare. .

    July 16, 2009 at 6:37 am |