Philly senator calls for investigation into York golf course incident

David Weissman
York Dispatch
Minority Appropriations Chairman Sen. Vincent Hughes responds to the media following Gov. Tom Wolf's 2017-18 budget address at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A state senator is calling on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to investigate an incident of reported discrimination at a York County golf course.

Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, sent a letter to the interim chairman of the commission requesting the investigation into "a troubling and disturbing incident" that occurred April 21 at Grandview Golf Course in Dover Township.

A group of black women playing the course were accused by management of playing too slowly, and eventually the police were called after a co-owner asked the women to leave for taking too long of a break between the front and back nine.

No charges were filed as a result of the incident.

The women, who caught part of the exchange on video, have alleged they were discriminated against as the only black women playing on the course at the time.

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Hughes, the Democratic Appropriations chairman, said in a news release: "I’m just so damned frustrated. We have to deal with situations like this too frequently. This time, police determined it was not a matter they should have been involved in, but it is appalling that someone would call the police for a non-violent incident where the only crime was being black on a public golf course.”

The story has gone viral since Tuesday, with celebrities weighing in and national media outlets producing their own reports.