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Ohio Woman Says ‘Whites Only’ Pool Sign She Put Up Merely ‘Historical’

Somehow this is all Obama's fault, probably.

What are the racist loonballs up to in …let’s see, Ohio this time? Sure, why not give Arizona a quick break? Antiques-collecting landlord lady Jamie Hein of Cincinnati is apparently the sort of person who came to mind when someone wanted to gift a 1931 sign from Alabama that reads “Public Swimming Pool, White Only.” Luckily enough, she found a perfect place to hang it! On the gate to her pool, right after the African-American daughter of one of her tenants went swimming in it. No big deal, she said, because “I’m not a bad person. I don’t have any problem with race at all. It’s a historical sign.” HMMM. Isn’t “history” more like the precise reason why this was a bad idea?

From ABC News:

Michael Gunn, 40, is the man who took issue with Hein’s sign and filed a discrimination charge with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He was a tenant in one of Hein’s properties.

“We invited my daughter, who is African-American, to visit and swim in the pool for the Memorial Day weekend,” Gunn wrote in his complaint. “The owner, Jamie Hein, accused my daughter of making the pool ‘cloudy’ because she used chemicals in her hair. Days later, she posted a sign on the gate to the pool which reads, ‘Public Swimming Pool, White Only.'”

Hein said that the sign had nothing to do with Gunn’s daughter and that it was already up at the time of that party, but cannot be seen when the gate is open.

OH, she says it was there before. Well in THAT CASE, it’s not hateful? The Ohio Civil Rights Commission disagreed and ruled in Gunn’s favor, and Hein is now seeking an appeal of the decision, because OPPRESSION.

“If I have to stick up for my white rights, I have to stick up for my white rights. It goes both ways,” [Hein said.]

Hey, did you know there are weird, ignorant people out there who still believe “rights” are a zero-sum game? Yeah. [ABC News]

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    1. boobookitteh

      As a representative of Crazy Cat Ladies of America, I take exception to you lumping her racist ass in with us.

    1. prommie

      You can tell she's dumb because she thought you had to put up a sign. Its so unnecessary, everybody knows blacks can't swim (heavy bones, of course). And if fear of drowning doesn't keep them out, you can always get a dog, or just tell them the pool is "hainted." Blacks is terrified of "sperrits," as everyone knows. Now where is my shilleleagh, I am going out to get drunk and start fights, me and my tiny Irish dick. Faith and Begorrah!

      1. Loaded_Pants

        When I was kid, I used to make the pool "cloudy" in my own way. It'd end up having some green and/or deep brown spots. No wonder I often had the thing to myself.

  1. Callyson

    She said everyone, including her own father, has to ask permission before swimming in her pool.
    Peeing in her pool, on the other hand, requires no advance notice…

  2. memzilla

    "[Racist asshat] Hein said that the sign… was already up at the time of that party…"

    RACE PARTY! Please check your melatonin at the door.

    1. poncho_pilot

      Today: Officials from the Guinness Book Of World Records were disappointed to discover what was believed to be the world's largest spontaneously occurring Tang deposit was in fact a swimming pool…

  3. prommie

    Is she coaching a segregated swimming team? I love when they do those fantastic routines, all in perfect time together, and all white!

  4. CapeClod

    Later on, Hein went around town breaking the windows of all the Jewish owned stores, not because she is an anti-semite, but because she is a historical person.

    1. Loaded_Pants

      Not reported: Hein's comment that she felt she needed to put up the sign because she didn't want her pool polluted "by some nigress's cooties or whatever the hell those people put in their hair."

  5. Callyson

    Also, to restore (some semblance of) faith in humanity:
    The sign has since been stolen.
    Dear thief, whoever you are, a very happy holiday season to you…

    1. MzNicky

      Prolly stolen by that li'l colored girl. And after the white lady was nice enough to not have her arrested for swimming in her pool.

  6. prommie

    Ironically, though, hip upwardly-mobile black people often collect old racist memorabilia and display it "ironically" in their homes. Sambos and such.

    1. MaxNeanderthal

      Oh yes indeed. My mother in law can remember them very well from her childhood. Far, far, too well…………

  7. Indiepalin

    Black man got a lot of problems
    But they don't mind throwing a brick
    White people go to school
    Where they teach you how to be thick

    White riot – I wanna riot
    White riot of my own

    1. poncho_pilot

      or alternately:

      "Life's not been good for you. It's just not fair.
      I've got some news for you–nothing is fair.
      I wish there was a way to make it all better.
      I pray for a way to make you happy
      'cause I'm sick and I'm tired
      of your whining, complaining,
      and bitching and moaning.
      boo fucking hoo."

  8. GregComlish

    You're not sticking up for your "white rights" you dumb bitch. You are making up a child-like lie about your explicitly racist actions by ludicrously denying your own racism. If you want to stick up for your "white rights" you should proudly put on your meanest affected Southern accent and say "Ain't no niggers coming my pool! Praise Jesus!" Instead your lie makes a mockery of the White Race by failing to affirm it's intrinsic greatness. Like Peter denying Christ, so you have sinned against your own racist ancestors who would be embarrassed by your pansy-ass equivocation.

    1. GOPCrusher

      It's people like this that make feel sorry for being of Northern European heritage. What the fuck are "white rights"? And why do these racist asshats rationalize their racist bullshit by saying that they are fighting for their rights?

  9. Limeylizzie

    I though she was some nasty old lady but she is 31 years old, how can you be that young and that fucking hateful and ignorant?

      1. Fare la Volpe

        Ye Gods. You poor thing. I can see why Thanksgiving is a particular horror for you. From her writing alone she seems downright unhinged. Is she at all like that in real life?

        1. Maman

          Yes, she is a nutter. Luckily she doesn't talk to us because we associate with undesirables like gayz and blackz so I haven't seen her in almost a decade.

    1. poncho_pilot

      this is America, Limeylizzie, the land of opportunity. anything can happen here and the streets are paved with gold.

    2. MzNicky

      LL: I have a feeling you've not spent much time in the Deep South, you fortunate individual. Some places down here, the racist gene is literally (yes) bred in the bone.

    3. Loaded_Pants

      You've never been to Cincinnati? Wonderful town (that's sarcasm) where I spent an afternoon once during which I was the subject of two homophobic slurs within three hours. Although, to be fair, the second slur took place in Dayton (and at a cheesy "dinner theater" of all places).

  10. SayItWithWookies

    This lady probably just didn't know there's a quick solution to cloudy pools — not being a racist. And then maybe a little more chlorine.

  11. orygoon

    She's not even going to admit to being guilty of bad taste, cuz it's so "historical", like grandma's oak sideboard.

    The pool thing pisses me off extra. I am convinced that my bff will drown someday, because when she grew up almost all the folks in her parents' generation could not swim, because the blacks had no access to pools, and then they seldom made sure their own kids learned, either.

  12. spends2much

    I'm sure she got the matching signs for the fountain and the restrooms. You know, for the sake of history .

  13. elviouslyqueer

    “If I have to stick up for my white rights, I have to stick up for my white rights. It goes both ways,” [Hein said.]

    “As Americans we all have the same civil rights,” she said. “That’s really what government’s role is, to protect our civil rights. There shouldn’t be any special rights or special set of criteria based on people's preferences. We all have the same civil rights.” — Michele Bachmann

    Suck it, Ms. Hein. Even Batshit Bachmann disagrees with you on this one.

  14. V572 the Merciless

    Slightly off topic, but Original Wonkette A-MC is on MSNBC right now, has grown her hair back, and looks gorgeous.

  15. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Clearly she just needs to pay Newt Gingrich $1.7 million to explain the historical context.

  16. Biel_ze_Bubba

    One question, Ms. Hein: What the fuck are "white rights", and how do they differ from "rights"? Just asking.

  17. Allmighty_Manos

    She also went on to say that the burning crosses in her field were just there to help her find the way to the outhouse at night.

  18. GOPCrusher

    I forgot all about that Obama's Plan: White Slavery sign. I'm sure glad that the there was no racial component to the Tea Bagger Movement.

    1. poncho_pilot

      racist? no way! and according to a friend of mine with a tea bagger girlfriend, there is no religious component to it, either. also, per another friend of mine: the moon is made of cheese but we can't know that for sure because we've never actually been there!

    1. whatupirondog





      Maybe she's just a big Clash fan?

  19. RedneckMuslin

    I'm torn here. I mean, you wouldn't want Mrs Hein sitting at the same lunch counter, would you?
    Hein doesn't sound very merkin

  20. chicken_thief

    And when she referred to the young swimmer as a "nappy headed ho" she was just quoting Don Imus. For the history. Too. Also.

  21. finallyhappy

    This sign (or one very much like it) is in our museum exhibit on Race. It is a historical sign- which is why it is in an exhibit on race and racism. If you have it on your pool- it is is a sign that you are a racist.

  22. Walkinwiddaking

    I visited this cute little town outside of Munich several years ago and they had this place that was, I dunno, some kind of reeducation camp. Anyway, above the entrance to this camp they had a "historical sign" that announced, "Arbeit Macht Frei". I'm sure with a little effort Ms. Hein could purchase this sign and put it above the doorway to her shop.

  23. OurHoboSenator

    Thanks, Cincinnati. I was almost not embarrassed to be from there. Thanks for snapping me back to reality.

  24. BaldarTFlagass

    "If I have to stick up for my white rights, I have to stick up for my white rights."

    Your choice of words here tells us everything we need to know about you, lady.

  25. sbj1964

    Racist signs are everywhere.After the Rodney King Incident the L.A.P.D. changed the slogan on their squad cars from" Too serve,and Protect" to " We'll treat you like a King".

  26. owhatever

    I hope the little girl took the opportunity to pee in the pool. I might drop by and do it myself tomorrow night, just to be sure it remains cloudy.

  27. HarryButtle

    Jeezus Christ on a (flaming) cross, WTF is wrong with the human race? It's not just that she's a fucking racist, it's that she is utterly clueless that she's a fucking racist.

  28. mrblifil

    Racists are so cute when they refuse to cop to their racism, while proceeding to be really really racist. It's especially attractive in women.

  29. fuflans

    you know these people use terms like 'nazi' and 'slavery' with unseemly ease.

    maybe someone should introduce landlord lady Jamie Hein of Cincinnati to what they were like in practice.

  30. ttommyunger

    Well, I feel like I have the right to butt-fuck you with a corn cob, bitch-now bend over and drop yer laundry.

  31. Negropolis

    Yes, but how does this affect Sarah Palin?

    Bless her heart. Ms. Hein, why don't you take a long dive into a shallow pool? Thanks.

  32. eaglewon

    How can 14,000 (avg size) cubic feet of water get clouded by one little girl. This reminds of what a friend told me a clerk at a department store told him when went to return a jacket he'd purchased the day before. The clerk says he couldn't exchange it cause it's been worn (hey, it's a jacket lady) and that he got hair chemicals around the collar (it was leather). Only problem is, he's never used hair chemicals (he has naturally wavy hair). Nonetheless, he asked for the manager and the exchange was allowed. I guess these type people just look for any little nonsensical thing they can come up with to justify discrimination.

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