Man who challenged black family's use of pool loses job

Howard TerryJul 07, 2018

Bloom, who served as chairman of the Glenridge community's private pool, responds that he asks pool users to see their identification "a couple times" each week.

On Wednesday, while Edwards was celebrating the July 4 holiday in the community pool with her son, Bloom approached her and asked for her address, according to WXII12, a Winston-Salem-based NBC affiliate.

The video has been viewed more than 125,000 times online. He has also been fired from his job at the packaging company Sonoco.

One of the police officers can then be heard asking if there is a swipe card to enter the pool, to which the woman replies, "Yes ... that's how I got in".

"Where does it say that I have to show an ID to use my own pool?"

Edwards, who was at the pool with her child, said she had a keycard to get in the gate and that should be sufficient proof that she lives in the neighborhood.

A lawyer says a white man who challenged a black mother's use of a neighborhood pool has had to leave his North Carolina house after receiving death threats. He did not. On Thursday afternoon the Glenridge Homeowners Association issued an apology and announced that Bloom had resigned his position as the pool's chairman and board member.

In the video, the woman also proves she has access to the community pool and asks the man to apologize. The light on the scanner turns green and the door unlocks, the officer says.

The officers apologized to Edwards, but when she asks Bloom to apologize to her, he just walked away. "A form of ID would have been helpful to validate", he says to the officer.

"Do you want to apologize? What a shame!" A police news release noted that the postings were on the page of Jasmine Edwards, which is Abhulimen's Facebook screen name.

While Bloom's lawyer said that "racism.is a pervasive problem in this country", his claims his client was simply enforcing the rules "uniformly, without preference or prejudice".

Vermitsky told the Journal that the incident started before Edwards began videotaping.

The incidents come about a week after a white woman was accused of shoving a 15-year-old black boy at a SC pool.

A statement from Bloom's attorney states, "When violations of these regulations occur, it is Mr. Bloom's job to either address and correct the violation or remove the member from the pool".

Bloom then asked for an ID, and that's when the woman became angry, Vermitsky explained. 'Would you mind if I see your keycard?'

The questioning eventually led Abhulimen to call what was happening racial profiling, and Bloom chose to dial police to allow a "neutral third party" to resolve the situation.

"We are aware of a awful incident involving the actions of one [of] our employees outside of the workplace".

"Our core values at Sonoco are built on dignity and respect for all, and we do not condone discrimination of any kind, inside or outside of the workplace" the statement reads. "We extend our sincerest apologies to all who have been hurt by this incident, especially Ms. Edwards and her family".

We are aware of a bad incident involving the actions of one our employees outside of the workplace. The...

This is a classic case of racial profiling in my half a million $$ neighborhood pool. "The pool chair escalated a situation in a way that does not reflect the inclusive values Glenridge seeks to uphold as a community", the association wrote in its statement.

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