WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- “A classic case of racial profiling,” is how a furious African-American woman described the incident that happened to her and her son on July 4.
- Jasmine Edwards shared a video online about a white man who confronted and asked her to show him proof of membership in a private community pool in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
- The incident resulted in an unfortunate consequence for the white man, Adam Bloom, as he was fired by the company he works for because of the incident.
Jasmine Edwards was reportedly asked by Adam Bloom, a member of the Glenridge Homeowners Association and the pool chairman, to present her ID and address to show proof that she is indeed a member. Edwards gave her address but declined to give her ID which resulted to Bloom calling the police.
The video was taken by Edwards and posted it on Facebook, instantly becoming viral. Access to the pool area is through a locked gate that can be opened by a keycard. In addition, there is a sign outside the gate that does not say anything about requiring an ID to go inside and use the pool.
Edwards presented her keycard to Bloom and to the police officers who arrived at the scene.
One of the officers was even caught on video telling Bloom that “if she has a card to get into the pool, it turns green and it unlocks, I believe that should be enough.”
But even this did not appease Bloom.
Edwards went on to say on film that, “nobody else was asked to show their ID. I feel this is racial profiling; we were the only black people in the pool.”
Bloom’s employer, Sonoco Products, issued a statement of apology to Ms. Edwards and her family.
Bloom is “no longer employed by the company in any respect,”Sonoco said in a statement released on Twitter.
They also shared that their core values are built on dignity and respect and that they do not condone discrimination of any kind. The homeowners association, in a letter, also issued apologies and confirmed that Bloom resigned as a board member and pool chairman. They also vowed to take steps to ensure that their pool policies are consistent and fair to all.
Source: Huff Post