Racial Profiling Controversy Arises At N.C. HOA

August 23, 2018
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A white man who challenged a black family’s use of a gated pool in a North Carolina planned community resigned from the homeowner’s association board. After the board member, who also was the community pool chairman, asked a mother and her son to produce identification verifying that they were residents of the community, a verbal altercation began. The board member called the police, who diffused the situation.

A social media backlash prompted by the resident’s Twitter post about the situation ensued. In a statement made through his lawyer, the board member said that he didn’t intend to discriminate based on race and that in seven years as chairman of the pool, he occasionally has had to ask people of all ages and races to leave for violating the rules.

The homeowners association said in a statement that the board member had resigned from both his positions in the community. It stated that association officials “regret the situation at our community pool that left neighbors feeling racially profiled.” It continued that, “in confronting and calling the police on one of our neighbors, the pool chair escalated a situation in a way that does not reflect the inclusive values we seek to uphold.”