Jamie Hein, a white Ohio landlord, is calling on a state civil rights commission to reconsider its ruling that she discriminated against a black girl when she posted a “Public Swimming Pool, White Only” 1931 Alabama sign at the pool of one of her Cincinnati properties.
“I’m not a bad person,” Hein told ABC News Thursday. “I don’t have any problem with race at all. It’s a historical sign.”
Hein insists that the pool is private and everyone must ask her permission before using it.
Michael Gunn, a tenant of Hein’s, filed the complaint and moved from the building to “avoid subjecting their family to further humiliating treatment,” according to a commission report.
“We invited my daughter, who is African-American, to visit and swim in the pool for the Memorial Day weekend,” Gunn wrote to the commission. “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 was scheduled to formally request that commissioners reconsider their ruling Thursday.
“I’ve never said anything to that child,” Hein insisted. “If I have to stick up for my white rights, I have to stick up for my white rights. It goes both ways.”