After the Ohio Civil Rights Commission ruled that an Cincinnati landlord couldn’t display a “whites only” sign on an apartment complex pool, she’s now asking them to reconsider.
Jamie Hein posted the sign in May 2010 after Michael Gunn allowed his biracial daughter to swim in the pool. Although Gunn and his guests had unrestricted access to the pool, after his daughter (who was visiting) went for a swim, they were greeted by the racist sign.
Initially Hein claimed she put the sign up because the 10-year-old’s hair products made the pool “cloudy,” not because of race. But Gunn disagreed and filed a complaint with Ohio’s Civil Rights Commission.
Last year, the commission found that the sign “restricts the social contact between Caucasians and African Americans as well as reinforcing discrimination actions that are aimed at oppressing all ‘people of color.'” However, they are meeting this week to reconsider their ruling.
Hein later argued that the sign was a gift from a friend and dated back to 1931 and not racist. She told ABC, “I don’t have any problem with race at all. It’s a historical sign.” But as Anna North of Jezebel pointed out, Jim Crow and slavery are also historical, should we reinstate those too?
While it is unclear why the commission would reconsider such a cut and dry case, this is just another reminder that despite all of the strides we continue to make as a country, racism is alive and well.