Black family asked to show ID at B.C. townhouse complex pool
Guerda Henry and her daughters entered the pool area with her sister and two nieces. Shortly after Guerda was approached by a condo board member and asked to show ID.. Henry replied that nobody carries their ID into a pool ! She then showed her key fob that she used to get in and this was verified. Henry then confronted her accuser and "tuned him in" on how she felt,ie. embarrassed, and also stated her family were the only ones asked about ID. The condo board member has been suspended from the board pending investigation.
As a Canadian, I am embarrassed by this as well. This is NOT what were about. Racism is worldwide,I know,but we just don't have as much of it here. I hate that this happened.
there is a history to it. but some think pools are a white people thing.
the joke about black people not being able to swim came from real bigotry.
Black people were not allowed in public pools where white people learned to swim.
There were very few lakes, ponds, etc. available to black people as well.
Post-segregation, many public pools in the south became private clubs. Beach fronts became limited access.
It insidious and awful.
I'm from BC originally....you would be surprised by the bigotry of a lot of people outside of the greater Vancouver area.