Mr. Trump’s rhetoric throughout his presidency so far has definitely contributed to more outward racism in this country. Trump created a climate of hate from the beginning by insisting that Mexicans are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Last August, Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacists after the Charlottesville incident spoke volumes.
Now, once again there has been another incident among many involving the racial profiling of people of color across the country. According to Buzzfeed News:
‘Police were called in North Carolina Wednesday after a white man confronted a black woman about using a neighborhood swimming pool, prompting allegations of racial profiling and a backlash on social media. The confrontation also follows a string of incidents across the country in which white people have reported law-abiding people of color in everyday life.’
A white man asked Jasmine Edwards, a black woman, for her ID while using a neighborhood swimming pool in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Edwards uploaded a video of the whole confrontation to Facebook and wrote:
‘This is a classic case of racial profiling in my half a million $$ neighborhood pool. This happened to me and my baby today.’
This man called the cops on a Black neighbor while she was using a community pool pic.twitter.com/V6caCaF6SF
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 6, 2018
In the video, one can hear Edwards saying:
‘nobody else was asked their ID. I feel this is racial profiling; I am the only black person here with my son in the pool.’
The man responds with:
‘I ask residents pretty much a couple times a week.’
Officers were called to the scene and one of them can be heard telling the man:
‘If she has a card to get in the pool I believe that that should be enough.’
Edwards then hands her electronic key card over to the officer who demonstrates that it in fact, opens the pool gate. One of the officers tells her:
‘Alright ma’am. I apologize for the time and the altercation that occurred.’
‘The woman addresses the man only as “Adam” in the video. The Winston-Salem Journal, citing the Glenridge Homeowners Association, identified the man as Adam Bloom.
‘Karam Gulkham, a lifeguard manager at the pool, told the Journal that both Edwards and Bloom live in the Glenridge community. Gulkham said that the incident happened about 2 p.m. Wednesday.’
‘There’s a key card to the door to get into the pool. Apparently, it was not enough for him. I don’t know why he felt it wasn’t enough.’
By Thursday evening, the video had garnered close to 4 million views on Facebook, and was shared more than 80,000 times. The video also prompted the creation of several Twitter hashtags including #IDAdam which has been used to call for the man to be fired from his job.
Twitter had something to say to Bloom and his employer, Sonoco Products.
— Prince_Trin (@Intense_XEnergy) July 2, 2018
In the video, Edwards can be heard asking the officer:
‘What can I charge against him for racial profiling?’
The officer then tells her that it would be a civil dispute she would have to take up with the magistrate.
Apparently, the incident cost Bloom two community leadership positions including having to resign from the board of his homeowner’s association and role as pool chair.
The Glenridge Homeowner’s Association issued a statement apologizing to people “who were directly hurt by these actions”:
‘We sincerely regret that an incident occurred yesterday at our community pool that left neighbors feeling racially profiled. In confronting and calling the police on one of our neighbors, the pool chair escalated a situation in a way that does not reflect the inclusive values Glenridge seeks to uphold as a community.’
Featured image screengrab via video