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Woman With “Whites Only” Pool Sign: “I Have To Stick Up For My White Rights”

Woman With “Whites Only” Pool Sign: “I Have To Stick Up For My White Rights”

A landlord who has been found guilty of discrimination after posting a “Whites Only” sign on the gate leading to the pool at the duplex she owned has asked the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to reconsider its verdict, saying that she did not think her actions were discrimination.

Jamie Hein, a Cincinnati landlord, was scheduled to go before the commission to appeal their ruling today.  The commission had previously stated that the sign posted at the pool, which read “Public Swimming Pool, White Only,” “restricts the social interaction between Caucasians and African-Americans and reinforces discriminatory actions aimed at oppressing people of color.”

A complaint was filed by a family residing in the duplex, who said the sign was put up after the husband’s African American daughter came to visit, and the landlord complained to the family about chemicals in her hair making the pool “cloudy.”  The family has since moved out of the building.

Hein is now claiming that the sign had been their previously, and that it was simply an antique someone had given her as a gift.  According to Hein, since the pool is on her property, everyone needs her permission to enter it, apparently even the guests of those who pay rent to live there.  Her decision not to allow the renters’ daughter had nothing to do with racism, she says. Her statement to ABC News, however, puts those claims to doubt.  “‘I’ve never said anything to that child,’ Hein said. ‘If I have to stick up for my white rights, I have to stick up for my white rights. It goes both ways.’”

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9:26PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

I was stationed in Ft. Sill Oklahoma in early 1972 for 3 months of job training. Driving through some isolated Oklahoma "town" that consisted of a gas station and two houses, all ramshackle. Being a New York City area resident I was shocked to the core to see a Whites Only sign on the bathroom door. Within miles we passed one billboard advertising a Klan rally in Tulsa and a billboard with some chubby faced redneck on it saying "Elect a White man for sheriff". The two guys with me were from the LA area and Minnesota. All three of us felt like we had driven into the Twilight Zone. Even what, 40 years ago we were shocked to see these things in a deep deep south state. Like a lot of people we had the mistaken notion that these problems had been fixed in the late 60s. We were wrong then and sad to say we'd still be wrong now. Since Obama took office, I've seen twisted racial garbage that reminds me of the crap that used to be commonplace in the 50s and 60s. The kind of vile filth that had seemed to finally disappear. Have this many racists kept such a low profile as to go unnoticed? Or, are people responding to the GOP leadership's racism and taking up the habit?

2:57PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

In the 50s, in Alabama, where I lived for some time, there were signs on water fountains, separating "colored"s and "white"s, and on some lake beach, "Whites Only." It is almost impossible to believe that in 2012, a person would publicly put up such a sign, and then try to defend her actions!! Abhorrent, and so is she.

7:34PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

"has asked the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to reconsider its verdict, saying that she did not think her actions were discrimination."

I'm sorry. Is there any way in which banning black people from your pool is NOT obvious discrimination? If it was an "antique" as she claims, then she should have known it was highly inappropriate. If it is property they are renting then she has no right to change anything without asking them anyway, they are renting the whole property, pool included.
Of course they shouldn't have to ask permission

11:37PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Good grief!

1:50AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

Blatant racist discrimination. There are no such things as "white rights" just as there are no such things as "black rights". There are only "human rights". What difference does it make what colour is our skin? Do these racist twats think the water is going to turn black with someone's skin colour washing off? Do they think it is going to introduce a pollutant into the air or water? HOW? Next thing you know they will be trying to forbid breathing in the same space on the grounds it is a pollutant and a violation of their "rights". Let them spend a few days in prison for such criminal behaviour and see how it alters their attitudes.

7:04PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

This kind of ignorance, and unjust attitude fully explains why Nitwit Romney and Newtered Grinch have so much support among Republican voters, especially in South Carolina. Simultaneously scary and sad. :(

4:56PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Ridiculous.

1:42AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

I am sorry but she should be severly punished! i hoped the the clu clax clan had fisseled out?!
Or have we gone back to the dark ages. heck out her chambermaids(slaves?). I agree Obama should go for a visit with his family.
Wha t an ignorant disgrace to society people like this are, send them to an island for racist ignorant rude arrogant people. Sure theres still many like her even though most are not as arrogant as her to show it blatently.

4:53PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

I hope that in reality the frequency and decibel of these types of things are just the loud and outrageous noise of a minority and that there is not a huge sign posted at the pool gates of American society reading ......

[ ONLY IGNORANT BIGOTS ALLOWED ]

10:39AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Interesting....and yet, there are people on this very site who would argue she has every right to do this---if the sign says NO GAYS ALLOWED!

Remember the argument that landlords can refuse to rent to gays? Remember the argument that landlords can deny use of their pavillion to gays wanting to marry?

I'm hoping to hear from those of you who defended those arguments, telling me how THIS situation differs....

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