Owners of a New Jersey swim club are paying one million dollars to settle a lawsuit against them for denying access to “black” and “brown skinned” people.

The ACLU of New Jersey also represented Philip and Annmarie Giordano of Bloomfield, who scheduled their daughter’s June 2002 birthday party at Le Terrace Swim Club, where Annmarie Giordano and her daughter were members. Patrick Nardone demanded a list of guests and asked whether the guest list included any “brown-skinned” or “black” children. When told that her child did have Asian and African-American friends who were guests, Nardone informed her that those children were not welcome at the club. He thereafter rescinded the Giordanos’ membership.

It amazes and saddens me that things like this still go on.

(via Mike)

iTunes: “Will I Get Out of Jail?” by Lo-Fidelity Allstars from the album How to Operate With A Blown Mind (1998, 6:18).