With the exception of one poorly-chosen word, it seems to me to fit the classic definition of a "Washington gaffe" -- accidentally speaking a bald truth, and having to immediately apologize for such unseemliness.
Spurred by a recent debacle on Australian television program "Hey Hey It's Saturday," black-face people worldwide are stepping forward and demanding they be treated with the respect and equality they deserve.
The Valley Club swimming incident reminds us of the Philly we grew up with and still know; that plain-spoken, steely segregated union town where the racial and economic demographics are very clear cut.
Will Riverside continue to be a liberal, socially activist church that is welcoming to Christians of all races, genders and sexual persuasions, or will it will take on more of the trappings of a black, evangelical church?
Walking around Upper Manhattan, I hear a man's voice shout, "Tingy wei wei! Me want to drink tea!" I am stunned into silence, and keep walking. It is only a half a block later when I can even think. "Seriously?!"