On June 18, 1964, black protesters jumped into a whites-only pool at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, FL in an effort to combat segregation. The owner of the hotel combated this invasion of the “whites-only” space by people with a darker skin tone by pouring acid into the pool.
Since the GOP tells us racism is over in America, one would expect that African-Americans would be able to swim in a pool in a predominantly white neighborhood without any problems. On Friday, however, some residents in a Texas town decided that a number of African-American teenagers had no place in a pool in the 75% white neighborhood.
“This isn’t about race. This is about outside kids invading our neighborhood and had no respect for authority or the residents here,” resident Bryan Gestner said.
One Twitter user pointed out that Gestner has a history of posting racist statements to Facebook:
Police were called after white residents started a confrontation with some African-American guests at a pool party at the McKinney Community Pool.
“This lady was saying racial slurs to some friends that came to the cookout. She was saying such things as ‘black effer’ and ‘that’s why you live in Section 8 homes,’” Tatiana Rhodes, who says she was attacked by two white women, explained. According to Rhodes, the African-American guests at the party were told by one neighbor to “go back to your Section 8 home.”
After the slurs were hurled, one of the white women “came up to me and smacked me in my face,” according to Rhodes. “That’s when both of the women attacked me.”[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZjHwOHFJGk?rel=0&showinfo=0&w=600&h=400]
Rhodes was not arrested.
One police officer demonstrated how difficult it is to be black in America. While Texas cops basically had a tea party with white bikers who engaged in a gang war that left nine people dead, McKinney Officer Eric Casebolt decided to go “full Rambo” on the crowd of unarmed African-Americans.
Casebolt charge in, aimed his weapon at two unarmed black males (an action that was too insane for his fellow officers, who can be seen on video pushing the gun away), and bravely slammed a bikini-clad 15-year-old African-American girl to the pavement simply for informing him that they had done nothing wrong.
Clearly, all involved in the initial altercation should have been interviewed by police, but law enforcement officers chose to send a crowd of African-American teenagers who were simply enjoying a pool party to scatter, fearful for their lives.
“They were trying to make us leave, but if we ran, they’d chase after us, and if we stayed, then they’d arrest us,” 13-year-old Jahda Bakari said. In other words, no matter what, they were in the ‘wrong neighborhood.’
“They were acting like we were criminals,” Bakari said. “We were just there for a pool party.”
This event has sparked some horrific backlash from the “not-racists” of the internet. Basement-dwelling, meth-fueled, cretinous bigots apparently took a break from Duggaring to speak their “minds” about these African-American teens’ presence in what they apparently view to be a “whites only” pool.
Acid was hurled, but not in the same manner as in 1964 Florida:
The National Bar Association, the nation’s largest organization of black attorneys and judges, is calling for Casebolt’s badge.
“The National Bar Association is demanding a full investigation, and that based on the seven minute YouTube video standing alone is grounds to terminate Officer Casebolt. It is insufficient to place him on paid administrative leave, when it is obviously clear that this officer was not enforcing the law, but instead was enforcing his will and power and showing explicit bias towards these African American teenagers,” the Association said in a statement.
“Officer Casebolt used profanity and aggressively threw a 14 year old girl in a bikini bathing suit to the ground, face-down,” the statement reads. “The officer at one point even pulls out his firearm on brandishes it at two male teens. When a small African American boy asks the officer for assistance locating his bag and attempts to explain that he was not involved the officer states that is not his problem and is extremely aggressive, rude, and dismissive.”
The Bar Association calls the actions taken by Casebolt “aggressive, unprofessional, out of control behavior.”
Watch video of the attack, below:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBHpNA-BQ-8?rel=0&showinfo=0&w=640&h=360]