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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