The Latest: Man threatened for challenging black mom at pool
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a white man who challenged a black neighbor’s right to be at the neighborhood pool in North Carolina (all times local):
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.
The attorney, John Vermitsky, issued a statement Friday on behalf of his client Adam Bloom. Bloom was captured on video in the aftermath of asking a black mother for her ID and calling police to a gated pool in Winston-Salem. The video received millions of views and prompted a social media backlash.
Vermitsky said his client has had to take his wife and children away from their home to a safe location.
In Bloom’s seven years as chairman of the neighborhood pool, he’s occasionally had to ask people of all ages and races to leave for violating pool rules, according to the statement.
Vermitsky said his client feels terrible about the situation and didn’t intend to discriminate against the woman.
A white man who challenged a black mother’s use of a neighborhood pool has lost his job.
Sonoco announced Friday that Adam Bloom is no longer employed by the company in a statement that apologizes to Jasmine Edwards and says it doesn’t condone discrimination of any kind.
In a Twitter post, the company said that the situation, though outside the workplace, doesn’t reflect its company values. Spokesman Brian Risinger confirmed that the statement was referring to Bloom. The company website indicates Bloom worked on supply chain and marketing at the packaging company.
A video recorded by Edwards on July 4 and seen more than 4 million times on Facebook shows what happened after Bloom questioned whether she was allowed to be there. She accused him of singling her and her son out as African-Americans. He called police. Officers then spoke with them outside the pool, and determined that Edwards, who lives in the neighborhood, did in fact have keycard access.
A white man who challenged a black family’s right to use the neighborhood pool has resigned from a homeowners’ association board in North Carolina.
A video recorded by Jasmine Edwards on July 4, seen more than 4 million times on Facebook, shows what happened after Adam Bloom questioned whether she was allowed to be there. She accused him of singling them out as African-Americans. He called police. Officers then spoke with them outside the pool, and determined that Edwards, who lives in the neighborhood, did in fact have keycard access.
Police Chief Catrina Thompson warned that her officers “will not be used as pawns to further someone’s dislike for anyone.”
The association announced Thursday that Bloom resigned his board membership and as chairman of the pool. Bloom has not commented.