A rally was held Monday evening at Dover United Church of Christ to support five black women who say they faced racial and gender discrimination while golfing at Grandview Golf Club in April.
Teresa Boeckel, York Daily RecordWomen are filing a formal complaint against Grandview Golf ClubBuy PhotoThe crowd gives a standing ovation for the five black women who say they were discriminated against when they were ejected from the Grandview Golf Club this spring. The rally was held at Dover United Church of Christ.(Photo: Teresa Boeckel, York Daily Record)Buy PhotoFive black women who say they faced racial and gender discrimination when the management of Grandview Golf Club called the police on them twice will be filing charges with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.The news came during a rally at Dover United Church of Christ on Monday evening to support the women, who are being referred to as the “Grandview 5”: Sandra Thompson, president of the York branch of the NAACP and former candidate for county judge; Myneca Ojo; sisters Sandra Harrison and Carolyn Dow; and Karen Crosby.Civil rights attorney Gregg Zeff said Thompson, Dow and Harrison will be filing the charges against the golf club this week to “bring justice to the situation.” He is representing Dow and Thompson. Attorney Dan Poretz is representing Harrison. “Just as we appreciate that they’ve been harmed, we think the whole community has been harmed,” Zeff told the crowd. “We’re going to be looking for justice and unity …” Crosby said she and Ojo also plan to file charges, but their attorneys were not present at the rally.State Senators Vincent Hughes and Art Haywood, both D-Philadelphia/Montgomery, participated in the rally. Participants packed the church, asked questions and praised the women for taking a stand when they were ejected from the golf course.More: Grandview Golf Club: Women sound off to state lawmakersMore: Listen to Grandview Golf Club 911 calls on five black womenMore: Public hearing planned on case of cops being called on black women at Grandview Golf ClubFormer York County commissioner Steve Chronister called 911 twice on April 21 to have the women removed for playing too slowly. The women say they were not playing slow, and other golfers have corroborated their statements.Grandview officials more recently have declined to comment. Chronister and the management could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.Fifteen state legislators, including Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, and Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, gathered for a news conference in Harrisburg on Tuesday to show their support for the women and to call for an end to racism.It is “alive in the United States. It’s alive in the Commonwealth, and it certainly is alive in York County,” Hill-Evans said. “… To those who think that it had nothing to do with race, I say if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, it’s going to quack. It’s a duck, and it’s called racism. “And we must end it, and we must end it today,” she said. Looking for changeState Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said this is another form of bullying, and he told the women that they are not alone. Wheatley said he is for strengthening and enforcing the laws that are on the books, and the courts need to send a message with punishments to stop these incidents from happening.State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegeheny, extended an invitation to them to play golf at the Grand View Golf Club in the western part of the state. It is not associated with the golf course in York County and has publicly embraced the five women.From a legislative perspective, Hughes said, an effort is underway to look at expanding the capacity of the state Human Relations Commission and the state Attorney General’s Office to more deeply and aggressively investigate matters of this nature. Some legislators are asking for $10.9 million in funding for the human relations commission.Hughes said they want to see hiring of more agents to not only investigate cases but also to help educate communities about tolerance.The human relations commission will be having an investigatory hearing on the Grandview incident. It tentatively has been scheduled for June 20 and 21, Hughes said.During the rally on Monday night, Spring Davidson of Dover asked what people can do to make their collective voices heard. She said she and her husband have stopped going to Grandview, but that makes just a small dent in the business.More than boycotts or closing down a business, which might cost jobs, signs and comments that ask, “What are you going to do to fix this?” would be much appreciated, Zeff said.In responding to another question, Harrison said golf has been an outlet and a form of sisterhood for herself and the other women. They are known as “Sisters in the Fairway.””We have never ever been treated as such, quite to the contrary,” she said.Grandview Golf Course has been in touch with the attorneys but not the five women, Zeff said.Grandview should consider how it can reach out to the public and how it can help the women, he said. If it isn’t willing to do that, the attorney said, that’s why the women hired civil rights lawyers. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2018/06/12/women-file-formal-complaint-against-grandview-golf-club-pennsylvania-human-relations-commission/693119002/