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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

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From:  Charlie Lumpkin, Member of Diversity in Aquatics

Subject:  Your request for my response to the alleged discrimination at a pool in Huntingdon Valley Pa.

Shawn:  This is how I'm approaching this and most issues.

Investigate before you invest.  Get the facts.  Do not rush to judgment.  The best article I read was on BlackAmericaWeb.com , from the Asso. Press ( http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/moving_america_news...).  However it omitted the report that the club allegedly expelled 2 other groups for overcrowding.  What’s Being said around the web.  http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Alethea+Wright
Understand that local issues can become national.  This issue has now become international.  With your organization, Face book, Twitter, and Utube, you and your organizations comments will be scrutinized worldwide.  Be careful judging others, least you be judged.  So get the facts.
What’s being done - There are politicians, the NAACP, and other groups who are demonstrating their outrage.  The Pa. Human Relations Commission is involved and several parents are considering law suits.  There are demonstrations at the pool.
What I’m considering doing specifically – contacting my friends in Huntingdon Valley Bucks County to get the facts.  The media doesn’t always get the story correct.  Visiting the facility.  Sending a letter to the Camp with a donation.  Reviewing my support for my business contacts in Huntingdon Valley Bucks County.  Investigating how much federal Stimulus money Bucks County is receiving and how to put a hold on some of those funds if the pool is found legally discriminatory.
These opinions are my own and don’t reflect any organization


Charles L. Lumpkin Jr.
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Philadelphia  Pa. 19141
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Yesterday I had an extensive conversation with a Pennsylvania Congressional Chief of Staff from the area of this unfortunate event. During our conversation I pointed out the many concerns you have voiced via this website as well as your personal emails and calls. They assured me that they are very aware of the situation and both Pennsylvania Senate and House Members have requested an investigation into this matter.

With that said I believe that our top priority right now should be to insure the children's needs are met. Let us begin by focusing our energies, concerns and resources on the children first.

Again, thank you all for the input on this very important subject matter and I encourage further dialog.
Please note I will try to return your emails and calls in a timely but brief manner in that I am currently out of the country.

Shaun Anderson
Diversity in Aquatics
Hey Charlie,
I agree with you in that we should ascertain as much facts as we possible can before assessing our own judgements. Excellent point, but as I have already commented (see Francine Whittinger, from the Scuba Club) racism, bigotry, and discriminatory practices are still present in our day and age. It use to be assume, and still is today by alot of folks, that this type of behavior mainly exists in the south, but is permeated all over this country. We have made some significant improvements in race relations since the Jim Crow days, but as you can see, we still have a long way to go. Take Care. Darrick

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