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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:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

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

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


Black children kicked out of a swimming pool in Philadelphia


Read the attached article, it is about a summer program that brought a group of black children to a pool and the pool manager put them out because they were black. He said that the blacks changed the complexion of the club. I just can't believe this still happens. We want to teach minorities to swim, but what happened to these kids is horrible and I think that they should close the club.

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Hi Francine,
I must concur with you in that what happened to those black children was horrible in this day and age, and it should no longer be assumed that these types of racial attitudes and bigoted prejudices mainly exist in the south, but permeates all throughout these United States of America. However Francine, I disagree with you in that they should close the club, which in term, would close the pool. It's not the club nor the pool that did the damage, but the people who run the club, and ultimately, the pool as well. If this happens, then those children, not just African American Children, but all children would forego the opportunity to learn how to swim, or go other places just to get a swim in. Then you have people like me, who is gifted with a passion to teach, but no resources to utilize such gifts. I believe the club, its members, staff and professionals who work there, and others who are in support of a club whose attitudes discriminates on any level, ought to change such policies, to avoid this type of public embarrassment in the future. You and I both know that it is sin and a shamea that people would deny children entry to a pool, just because of their ethnicity. Although Jim Crow laws and ways have been done away with, it is the mindset of Americans as to why we have come a long way with race relations in this country, but we still have a long way to go. Keep doing what you Francine for not just children of color, but all children. Much Love, Darrick
I agree! Wow!
The struggle never ends!
An excellent response, Darrick, to this awful situation. As I recall, the president and his wife resigned their positions from the swimming association board of trustees, the trustees apologized, those responsible were fired from the staff, and the pool was open to ALL children, In end, everyone benefitted, and the ugly head of racism was defeated. Did I mss anything from recent accounts of this situation? Hope not.

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