Or as I like to call it, how NOT to defend yourself under allegations that you are a racist.
This is the sign outside of the swimming pool at a property Cincinnati landlord Jamie Hein rents out.
According to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Ms. Hein put the sign up after claiming that the chemical in a tenant’s African-American daughter’s hair made the water cloudy. Ms. Hein, however, told ABC News its all a big misunderstanding, and is asking the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to reconsider its ruling saying it got the facts wrong.
First, she claims that the sign was a gift as she collects historical signs, even ones that document our nation’s most racist of social institutions like segregation:
“I’m not a bad person,” said Jamie Hein of Cincinnati. “I don’t have any problem with race at all. It’s a historical sign.”
She said she collects antiques and was given the sign as a gift. She also said that even though the sign seems to indicate that the pool is public, the pool is on her private property and “everybody has to ask before getting in my pool.”
Granted, it’s a bit peculiar to see someone collect such items as antiques, and even more so to then see a landlord post the antique at the pool’s gate, so what else does she have to show this is all a huge misunderstanding?
Hein also denies any such confrontation about the tenant’s African-American daughter led to the sign being posted:
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, so, it’s been up for sometime then. Well, maybe this is just a matter of a government agency overreacting to something that is highly politically incorrect, but not evidence of racial discrimination at all. Pack up the TV truck, guys, we’re done here. Any last words, Ms. Hein?
“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.” (emphasis added.)
I’m pretty sure talking about defending your “white rights” in a nationally televised interview will go over well with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission as you defend the charge that your “White Only” sign is not an act of racial discrimination by a landlord.