Democratic Senator Defends Membership In All-White Beach Club
Written by Black Voices on June 21, 2021
A Democratic senator who has spoken out concerning the injustice of systemic racism in America is dealing with criticism for his membership in a seaside membership whose membership is reportedly restricted to white folks.
This weekend, a reporter for GoLocalProv.com requested Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) about his membership in Bailey’s Seashore Membership in Newport and requested if the membership has modified its coverage to permit folks of coloration to change into members.
Whitehouse mentioned he believed that change is but to return.
“I feel the people who find themselves working the place are nonetheless engaged on that, and I’m sorry it hasn’t occurred but,” he mentioned. “It’s a protracted custom in Rhode Island and there are numerous of them, and I feel we simply have to work our approach by means of the problems, thanks.”
In 2006, throughout his first senatorial marketing campaign, Whitehouse vowed to stop the membership, in response to GoLocalProv.com, however that hasn’t occurred.
In 2017, Whitehouse advised a reporter it “could be good in the event that they [Bailey’s Beach Club] modified somewhat bit, but it surely’s not my place,” however he promised to push for range privately.
On Monday, a spokesperson for the senator advised The Washington Publish that Bailey’s Seashore Membership ”has had and has members of coloration,” however an individual who answered the cellphone on the membership declined to touch upon its membership to Vice.
“We’re a really small personal seaside membership. We’ve no remark at the moment. We’re personal. Our membership info is personal. Thanks to your inquiry, however now we have no remark at the moment,” the unidentified individual advised the web site.
The latest census figures point out the inhabitants of Rhode Island is about 71.4% non-Hispanic white, 16.3% Hispanic and eight.5% Black.
Many Twitter customers had opinions on Whitehouse’s response.
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