*In the third “swimming while black” case this month, a black woman said that she and her 5-year-old daughter were on vacation in Pasadena, California when they were approached at their hotel pool by a white man posing as a health inspector who asked if they had showered before using the pool.
The incident occurred last Monday (June 11) at The Westin hotel. Carle Wheeler captured the aftermath on camera and posted it to Facebook the following Wednesday, claiming she and her daughter experienced “blatant racism.”
“The man asked if me and my little girl had showered before getting into the pool because people carry diseases into the pools and he doesn’t want the health department to shut the pool down,” Wheeler wrote.
In the video, hotel staff and Wheeler are seen confronting the man.
“I simply asked them if they’d showered. I’m sorry,” the unidentified man says in the video.
He says that he asked Wheeler and her daughter if they showered because it was part of the “rules” and he was “tired of getting in pools people consider baths.” Wheeler made the point that he did not ask anyone else at the pool if they had showered.
“Google it! Google the diseases in pools,” the man said.
A man who identified himself as the manager of the hotel then asked the man to step to the side. He apologized and said the unidentified man was a guest of the hotel and that he would speak to him.
A spokesperson from the Pasadena Health Department told KTLA that they did not recognize the man and said no health inspectors were at the Westin pool that day.
“It’s sad that I had to explain to my beautiful little five-year-old brown skinned girl why in 2018 a white man would think it’s OK to ask a little girl and her mom if we showered our presumably dirty black skin before entering a swimming pool,” Wheeler wrote on Facebook.
Watch Wheeler’s FB video below:
In a statement to CBS Los Angeles, the management team confirmed the incident happened and said they “do not condone” the man’s behavior.
”In light of recent events, we feel it important to share that we do not condone the comments or behavior directed toward our pool guests. The safety and security of our guests is our top priority, and we strive to maintain an environment where our guests feel welcome and are treated with equal respect and attention from our team,” the statement read.
Earlier this month, a white woman in Oklahoma City called police on her black neighbors at the pool after they refused to talk to her. Days before that incident, a black woman and her family were racially harassed by a white family at an Orlando pool for pointing out the restroom upon hearing a little girl in the white family repeatedly asking to go to the bathroom.