A North Carolina outdoor recreation center is defending its ban on dreadlocks, hair weaves and extensions after a sign regarding its dress code was uploaded to social media and went viral.
One of the pool rules for the Outdoor Recreation Center In Wendell reads: “no baggy pants, no dread-locks/weaves/extensions or revealing clothes will be permitted or you will be asked to leave.”
After seeing the rule, people lit up the Wendell NC Community Connections Facebook group with comments saying the ban targets African Americans and gives the recreation center license to discriminate based on race. The page has since been taken down.
So what would explain the creation of such a racist policy? Well, the Internet did some sleuthing and found the Facebook page of Teresa Freeman, a user who has the same name as an owner of the business and has posted content shared by the recreation center’s Facebook account. No surprise, her timeline has a problematic past.
Previously, Freeman shared a post from Redneck Country Life, which shows a Confederate flag below the words, “This does not offend me.” It also shows two people wearing sagging jeans, to which Freeman comments “This bull**** does.”
While the rec center isn’t responding to media requests for comment, they did issue a statement on Facebook and claim they don’t allow hair extensions because it clogs their drain. As for dreadlocks, they didn’t officially address the criticism.
@cthagod consider giving donkey of the day for Tuesday to this pool in Wendell, NC who only wants people with “regular hair” at their pool... #donkeyoftheday #breakfastclub #discrimination #PoolParty pic.twitter.com/e9ssYOBFAa— CJ G (@cjgproduxions) June 17, 2019
ATTENTION TWITTER! There is a pool located in Wendell N.C. called *ORC of Wendell.* They have posted rules that subjectively outlines black people. DO NOT SWIM @ THIS POOL!. If you have “dreads or weave” you will be kicked out.— D$ (@ImThatMofo) June 17, 2019
This is living proof that racism is still exists. pic.twitter.com/7Yl1JGOgXF
Excellent article on the issue. Racism cannot be tolerated. Anywhere, especially at a public swimming pool. Please write to the Town of Wendell about this using the emails in my comment below.— Jenny Halasz (@jennyhalasz) June 17, 2019
Take Action. #Resist. https://t.co/QadJ5Ha6y2
Wendell pool count your days— Not Kita Kay (@therealkitakay) June 18, 2019
Call out racist behavior when you see it. In the link above, the owner of the pool threatens to sue anyone who called him racist on social media. Good luck, pal. John Freeman, your pool rule is racist. I don’t know you, but I’m gonna guess that you are too. #wendellpool /2— toothpastejones (@toothpastejones) June 18, 2019
Finna have my dreads all in that Wendell pool this weekend 😂😂😂— Hype.🤦🏾♂️ (@hypeomo) June 17, 2019
The owner of the Wendell pool accused of racist rules banning dreadlocks and baggy pants posted a meme on Facebook indicating that she was not offended by the Confederate flag, but she was offended by sagging pants. #ralpol #raleigh https://t.co/LnQ9k4ktvo— Leigh Tauss (@LeighTauss) June 17, 2019