A black woman and her 5-year-old daughter were harassed at a Pasadena, California pool over what she calls “blatant racism,” reported KTLA News.
The woman, whose last name is Wheeler, would only agree to be identified by that name. She recalled a man walked up to her family and asked if they had showered before hopping in the pool.
The man claimed to be a “health department” worker. However, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Health Department said his claim was false and that she had never seen him before.
The unidentified man told Wheeler that her family needed to shower because people can carry diseases into the water.
“I let him know that being black is not a disease and showering would not wash the black off our skin,” Wheeler said.
“I am not trash, and I am not dirty,” Wheeler said. “I have to teach my daughter that no matter how educated we are and how successful we are in life, there are people who will treat us like this just because of the color of our skin.”
A hotel employee told the man that his comments were “inappropriate.” A manager said she talked to the man, but did not want to call the police.
“I don’t want to call the police. And if I do, it’s going to be a big headache for everybody,” the manager said.
The hotel released a statement saying they are “investigating everything.”
Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action
Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.
Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.
Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.
Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East
The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.
Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.
The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.
‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’
The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."
Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.
"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"
"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.