While we were at lunch, like a hundred of you sent in this link to an NBCPhiladelphia story about the very possibly and, yeah, almost 100% certainly racist-as-fuck Valley Swim Club in the Grayt Norfeest. To which we say: You interrupted our delicious Wendy’s for this? What are you, new? Sure, ejecting 60 kids from a paid membership at a swim club because they’re, uh, black seems a bit much, but maybe you haven’t been to Northeast Philly lately. Remember what it was like there when you were a kid? Well, imagine that same sort of put-upon White Man’s Burden/Fightin’ Irish bullshit that was au courant in the 1980s and just update it with an outside world that has a black president. Translation: It’s probably worse, because everyone who used to live there and just try, in their own meek way, to just live with this bullshit and get through their days has already picked up and moved to Center City already. Anyway, the real story here is whether Valley Swim Club prez John Duesler — who actually issued a statement saying “There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club” — is the same John Duesler who led the Obama Blood Drive earlier this year and is a large proponent of frisbee golf, the Next Great American Sport. For now, we’re gonna guess “No” on part one and “Possibly Yes” on part two. We’ll let you know when he calls us back. Cannonball!
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