‘Public Swimming Pool, White Only’ Sign, Decorative And Harmless? Mhm

Oh my fucking god, the world is coming to an end! And it’s not because asteroids are going to smash the earth’s surface like pizza dough or because we are going to drown in melted ice cap water and polar bear fur. It’s because it’s 2012 and some people are actually still more homophobic, sexist and racist than you can fathom.

Ignorance is not bliss, in the case of a female landlord in Cincinnati who put up a “Public Swimming Pool, White Only” sign on the gate outside her apartment complex’s swimming pool and claimed that a black girl’s hair products had made the water cloudy.

Fist of all how is it part of an apartment complex but public AND only available to white people? It turns out it’s because the sign is an antique (from 1931) that the landlord, Jamie Hein, acquired from a friend. (Her exact words: “I have to stick up for my white rights. It goes both ways.”)

The girl's father, Michael Gunn, in court

After Hein appealed the original ruling, a local commission ruled that she did in fact violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by posting the sign.

The girl’s father moved out and filed a discrimination charge to start with but Hein claimed the sign was merely there to help her ‘protect her assets’ though earlier she had said it was just a decorative antique.

Awww, poor lady with the beautiful sign, she’s so misunderstood. Too bad the jury members aren’t on her side, it appears none of them were eyeless and 120 years old.

[Definition of the word “Decorative” – “Serving to make something look more attractive; ornamental”]

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