Really? This just set us back 50 years

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).


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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