According to CNN, an Ohio landlord posted a sign that said, “Public swimming pool: white only” at the community pool outside her Cincinnati duplex. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission found that Jaime Hein violated the law by posting this, but Hein wants the commission to reconsider. Hein claims she has no problem with race and that it is a historical sign given to her by a friend, but I beg to differ. The fact that any person would even hang this sign at all, let alone outside a public facility perplexes me. Given the historical context of the sign in American history and the realities of today’s society, which does not accept segregation, I am astounded that she would think this is OK in the slightest bit.
The posting of this sign seriously just set us back 50 years (even if only just for a moment).