Letter to the editor: City should eliminate prejudice at Palmetto Tennis Center


A close look at the Palmetto Tennis Center shows that there are some significant racial disparities that exist there that must be eliminated immediately in order to be in accordance with Equal Employment Opportunity as well as civil rights laws and mandates.

Several facts about the Palmetto Tennis Center stand out as being worrisome and disconcerting, and they are the following:

(1) Four of the five members (80%) of the Palmetto Tennis Center's Leadership Team consist of individuals all of whom are of the white race.


(2) All (100%) of the Palmetto Tennis Center's tennis instructors are of the white race.

(3) All private tennis lessons taught at the Palmetto Tennis Center are prohibited if not taught by the instructors, listed in item No. 2, employed by the said center.

(4) The Palmetto Tennis Center is a public facility that receives millions of taxpayers' dollars from the state of South Carolina and from the City of Sumter but has exclusive privileges such as listed in item No. 3.

The City of Sumter must eliminate all vestiges of prejudice and racism and attend to the matter of racial equality and equity in its government, including all ancillary divisions and facilities.

Equal Protection Under the Law and Equal Employment Opportunities are supposed to be guaranteed to all American citizens, regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation or language differences.

I, on behalf of my 501(c)(3), nonprofit, charitable organization, The Family Unit Inc., recommend that the City of Sumter abides by and adheres to the laws as mandated by the United States Constitution.


The Family Unit Inc., a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, charitable organization