Systematic Racism critic Senator member of all white club

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22 Jun 2021, 3:44 pm

Sen. Whitehouse defends membership in private beach club that's allegedly all-white

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., defended his family's membership in a private Rhode Island beach club that's allegedly all-white on Monday, telling reporters "the club has informed me that it does in fact have diversity of membership."

Bailey's Beach Club has "a long tradition of being a family club, and they're working on improving diversity. I think that's pretty fair," Whitehouse said, elaborating on comments he made to a Providence website where he appeared to shrug off the club's history.

Asked Friday about his family's continued membership at the "all-white" Newport club, Whitehouse, a progressive Democrat who has spoken out repeatedly against "systemic racism" in the country, told GoLocal Providence "I think the people who are running the place are still working on that and I’m sorry it hasn't happened yet."

Asked if such "elite all-white wealthy clubs" should still exist, Whitehouse said, “It's a long tradition in Rhode Island and there are many of them. I think we just need to work our way through the issues, thank you."

On Monday, he said GoLocal "got the facts wrong" about the club's membership and he'd meant to say that there's "a long tradition of it being a family club."

According to GoLocal, Whitehouse promised to quit his membership in the club when he was running for Senate in 2006, but transferred his shares to his wife. The site first confronted him about his refusal to step down in 2017.

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