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Water Park Accused of Racism After Refusing To Host Black Teen's Pool Party

BIN: Black Information Network
BIN: Black Information Network
 2022-08-10
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A Missouri water park is facing accusations of racism after refusing to host a Black teenager's pool party, the Kansas City Star reports.

Chris Evans , the father of two teenage sons, is speaking out after paying $2,000 last month to rent Summitt Waves in Lee's Summitt, Missouri for a large birthday party on Saturday (August 6) only to be denied entry to the water park on the day of the bash.

A video showing police officers and water park officials standing at the Summitt Waves gate to stop a large group of mostly Black party attendees from entering has been widely circulated on social media and garnered nearly 2 million views.

In the video, Evans asks park employees if the group makes them uncomfortable.

"Because we're Black!" another person in the group can be heard shouting multiple times.

In response to the group, a female park official shook her head and said "no," per the video.

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Kansas City youth denied access to summit waves a water park in Lee Summit, Missouri due to their skin color. Yesterday a youth age private party was canceled on his birthday because summit waves owner said she “ didn’t feel comfortable “. She proceeded and told the group “ that they didn’t represent summit waves”. She told the group that she’d refund them their money and proceeded to shut the pool down. However guards have been caught making racist slurs on Snapchat towards the group since being outed. #racism #sadstory

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On Monday (August 8), Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation said it canceled the teen's party rental Saturday because it “became aware of social media posts advertising the event.”

“This raised serious concerns about the safety of party guests and the possibility the event would grow beyond the capacity of staff,” Summit Waves administrator Joe Snook said in a statement. “After multiple attempts to reach the renter in advance of the event to discuss safety concerns, a connection was not made until the hours leading up to the event.”

“At that point, the only recourse was to cancel the event. Despite the cancellation, approximately 500 teens arrived in the Summit Waves parking lot,” the statement continued. “Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation is committed to ensuring the safety of all patrons and will continue to work with the renter."

The Evans family has brought on attorney Ivan Nugent to combat what they believe was an instance of racial profiling and discrimination.

The water park denied a group of Black teenagers from entering “for no apparent reason than the color of their skin,” Evans said in a statement.

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Wendy
08-11

Follow the rules if you said 250 people but 500 showed up that’s on you not the waterpark….it’s common knowledge people🤦‍♀️

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BrianBoss78
08-10

just shut down the park, who cares we can't have anything anymore, why would you invest your money in anything to do with the public, surefire way to lose your life savings, close it all down Sesame Place, Disney, water parks ...maybe people will have to entertain themselves

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Kindred
08-11

well I guess they have seen how "their" events and gatherings usually end in violence and destruction of property

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