Whites Only Pool, not in this Country and not in this Century

Landlord Jamie Hein put up a sign at the pool that read Whites Only. She said that a black girl’s hair care products had left a cloudy residue in the pool. Solution put up a sign that read Whites Only. The Ohio Civil rights comission did not agree with her solution. “A landlord’s claim has been dismissed by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission that a ‘white only’ pool sign was an historical antique sign and ruled that it was discriminatory. “At this point, it means that we believe that it’s probable that discrimination has occurred,” commission spokeswoman Brandi Martin said. Cincinnati landlord Jamie Hein had been accused of discriminating against an African-American girl back in December with a ‘white only’ sign posted at her swimming pool. Hein said that the sign was an antique and a decoration. “I’m not a bad person,” said Jamie Hein. “I don’t have any problem with race at all. It’s a historical sign.” The sign from the case says: “Public Swimming Pool, White Only.” The sign as the date 1931 on it and it is from Alabama. Let’s just give Hein the benefit of the doubt and say she put it up as a historical sign is that a part of the country’s history we want to repeat?


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  • Spanish Inquisitor  On January 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    A sign like that might be quaint if found in a museum, or a collectors garage or basement, but not at a semi-public pool. The stupidity, it hurts….

    • justplainjim  On January 15, 2012 at 5:33 am

      Agree – museum or with a collection of other era memorabilia.

  • Mo Rage  On January 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I can hardly believe anyone, anywhere would put that up to begin with.

    Second, once “caught”, I really can’t believe they thought that whole “it’s historical” nonsense would fly. They must be hopelessly trapped in the 1950’s or something wretched.

    That is some serious, ugly racism going on there.

    • justplainjim  On January 15, 2012 at 5:51 am

      Some people in Cincinnati continue to amaze me.

      How would the ♀ have handled a bald Black or Brown or African-American*.

      Had the girl a twin-sibling, temporarily bald due to medical reasons, how could she be banned for chemical hair.

      What IS white ? Would 3/4 white qualify.

      I will not believe the pool clouding claim w/o a lab report showing:chemical X:
      1. Present in the pool in sufficient quantity to cause clouding
      2. Present on the girl’s hair in sufficient quantity to cause pool clouding;
      3. Absent on hair of ALL white pool users.

      * I reserve the term African-American for those born in Africa and later naturalized as a USA citizen.

      Charlize Theoron was an African national until she was naturalized.

      THEN she became an African-American.

      • elogam  On January 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

        justplainjim, when I tell people I call myself Black and I point that out, about naturalized people from Africa, the simple logic and truth of your line of reasoning is lost on them. It changes their paradigm too much.They don’t have a rebuttal, they just say, “No! that’s not right….” I find their response amusing.

  • elogam  On January 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Even if this person wasn’t alive during the Civil Rights Movement, she MUST have known that a sign like this would be inflammatory, if not outright offensive. Her explanation that the young girl’s hair product “left a residue” is questionable. Unless her pool is the size of a bath tub, there’s almost no way the girl could have had enough product in her hair to leave a residue the filters couldn’t handle. And as far as limiting the pool to Whites Only, that assumes a)all minorities use product in their hair; b)whites do not use any products that leave a residue. Does suntan lotion leave a residue? Sunblock? The ignorance on display here is astounding.

    • musesofamom  On January 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks for the heads up.

    • justplainjim  On January 15, 2012 at 5:52 am


  • dearraven  On January 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    The sad part is I that I am not shocked at all. It doesn’t matter if it’s the year 3055-racism and ignorance is never going away.

    • justplainjim  On January 15, 2012 at 5:55 am

      I’ll be happy if we dilute the racism until it is nearly zero.

      It’s like Lt. Cable’s song in South Pacific re “being carefully taught”

      With more parents demonstrating proper parenting, society can and should eventually make racism a curious anomaly.

  • plaintain1  On January 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I cannot believe that this is for real. The ‘residue’ answer is just rubbish!

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