Most parents would never expect to be turned away from a public space, but this mom and her children were in for an unpleasant surprise.
As reported by The Daily Telegraph, Sydney mom-of-two Tara Coverdale was told to leave a playgroup in the suburbs of Australia because this playgroup is for “multicultural families” only.
Coverdale, who had been invited to take her 4-year-old son and 8-month-old baby along to the community center by her Russian-born friend, was left completely shocked when quizzed about her “background.”
According to Coverdale, after explaining to one of the center’s staff that she was a fourth-generation Australian, the staff member replied: “I’m sorry, you can’t come here. It’s for multicultural families and people who speak languages other than English at home.”
Needless to say, Coverdale was pretty upset that she and her kids were being denied from the playground based on such discriminatory standards.
“I said, ‘I’m not leaving,’” Coverdale explained. “My kids were playing. My older son was having such a good time with his buddy, and I thought, ‘Why should I leave?’”
Coverdale was then told to try joining another playgroup in other parts of town and was forced to leave. She expressed her concern over the fact that a facility once designed for public access has ironically become restrictive.
“We’re in a pretty progressive area,” Coverdale said. “It’s very accepting of all people. But I feel like I’m excluded.”
And this is something Australia’s education minister, Rob Stokes, detests.
"I was disappointed to hear that a mom and her young child felt they were not welcome...This is not acceptable," he said. "Everyone, regardless of their background, should feel included in these wonderful community activities."
What do you make of Coverdale being asked to leave her playgroup as she and her family weren’t multicultural enough? Personally, we find this news pretty shocking.
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