Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pasadena's Race Problems Make World Headlines Again

The Westin Pasadena is proud of its pool and view
First I would like to congratulate Pasadena Mayor Terry "One Term" Tornek for maintaining his usual respectful silence throughout this incident. It is this kind of leadership that has helped bring needed publicity to a town that sees itself as occupying a very special place in this world.

As usual One Term Terry has been nowhere to be found on this kind of an issue, and I am sure that a man with as busy a schedule as his spent talking to McCondo developers, real estate professionals, corporate executives looking for tax breaks and Rose Parade passes, along with other concerned stakeholders, finds this approach to be both comfortable and convenient.

However, around the world today Pasadena is once again a topic of heated discussion for being a city having some rather unfortunate problems with race. The Pasadena Star News has an article all about that today called "Activists protest outside Westin Pasadena after video of allegedly racist encounter goes viral." I am not certain what is alleged about it, though. Link to the Star News here.

The part about the travails of the Westin Pasadena's hotel manager, a guy with the unfortunate name of Carl Sprayberry, is particularly enlightening. Talk about your corporate personality type having a really bad day at work. Well deserved, I might add.

But since there are so many articles out there to choose from, I've decided to cite Isle of Wight Radio's reporting today. It is a little more visceral and down to earth, plus it gives you an idea of just how badly the Rotten Rose is once again being perceived by those from beyond the smoggy confines of the San Gabriel Valley.

Racism row after black family asked by white man if they showered before swim (Isle of Wight Radio link): Carle Wheeler said she and her five-year-old daughter were accosted by the man as they swam at the Pasadena Westin Hotel in California, while several white people nearby were left alone.

She alleged that he warned them that people carry diseases into the pool before approaching the pair a second time, claiming to work for the health department.

After hotel staff arrived at the scene, Ms Wheeler said she confronted the man on what appeared to be blatant racism. A video of the row that was posted on Facebook has been viewed more than 3.5 million times.

Ms Wheeler said: It’s sad that I had to explain to my beautiful little five-year-old brown-skinned girl why in 2018 a white man would think it’s OK to ask a little girl and her mom if we showered our presumably dirty black skin before entering a swimming pool.

She added that the man continued to taunt my little girl as she was being escorted away from the mayhem.

Ms Wheeler claimed the group of white people at the pool corroborated her claims, but the hotel manager allowed the man to walk away.

She said: It’s just sad that in 2018 we are still dealing with these issues and still having to teach our children things that people had to teach their children in the 50s and 60s. Nothing has changed. It’s one thing when it happens and you see it on the news, you see it happen to somebody else. When it knocks at your door, it’s a hurtful thing.

Ms Wheeler describes herself as divorced single mother who works as a software developer. I am not trash, she said. I am not dirty. I’m black, educated and proud.

In a statement to the Pasadena Star News, the hotel said: The Westin Pasadena strives to provide a welcoming environment to all individuals. Harassment on any basis is not tolerated. We are continuing to investigate this serious matter and deeply regret that one of our guests experienced this type of behaviour.

The man, who has not been named, has not commented publicly on the incident.

Here is some of the video footage mentioned in Isle if Wight Radio's reporting.

Video Link Here

If anybody knows this pathetic dude, let me know who he is, would you? So far he remains unidentified, and I would love to be the newser to drop the dime on him.

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57 comments:

  1. Can't Mr. Sprayberry look up who was in that room at the time? Why is the Westin Pasadena shielding this guy?

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  2. Ma Wheeler was screaming and carrying on with her overreaction when it was pointed out that she was breaking the rules. That’s why they were separated. She was challenged because she showed up dry and didn’t shower before pool use not because she is black. There is even a sign that tells people to shower before pool use

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    1. Are you the guy in the video picture?

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    2. Nobody showers before they go in that stupid pool, fool. Next time I'm in pasadena I'm going to go to the bar, down about six pints of lite beer, and then take a golden swim.

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    3. ‘Ma’ Wheeler? What a hideously racist thing to say.

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    4. They're out there.

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    5. 7:54 a.m. proves that racism is alive and well in the Rose City. "Ma Wheeler"

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    6. To anonymous/Ma Wheeler poster, if you saw that video and listened to it you know that the others in that pool didn't shower. Who is that fool to think he can walk up to none of them but single out a little girl? Whipe.

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    7. It’s a typo it’s supposed to say ms. The s key is next to the a key

      You people really are living in a fantasy world

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  3. that guy didn't even look like he was going to go swim. you know they put a crap ton of chlorine in that pool, enough to burn your eyes for days. some people just love to point out rules - like that lady in Oakland about the BBQs in the park. Gotta ruin the fun for everyone. Guy wasn't swimming and lady was BBQing but they're the "rule enforcers".

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    1. He seems like a real jerk.

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  4. Somebody should have pushed that guy in.

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  5. And since the guy was a hotel guest he wasn’tt a Pasadena resident so how is this a Pasadena problem.

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    1. People like him are attracted there? Why do people go to Stone Mountain, Georgia?

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  6. As usual there is always more to any story, all sides should be represented and all information on swimming pool usage.
    Race plays part in all walks of life and there is no shortage of idiots among all of us that resort to their inner ugly's; obviously an individuals family background has so much to do with a person's outlook on life.
    We can only stand up to stupidity and ignorance and publically call them out.
    Remember you can educate any ignorant fool, but stupid is as stupid does and a idiot often remains an idiot.
    Medically the man may have been a germaphobic or adheres to all rules, or he could just be a "ugly".
    Sounds like this was a teaching moment for the Mother and child about how in this world ignorance or uneducated idiots will be encountered.

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  7. Nice view of Pasadena City Hall from the Westin pool deck.

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    1. If you get lucky you can see Mayor Tornek from there.

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  8. Many pool rules ask that guests shower before entering.
    Many pool rules ask that you not urinate in the pool.
    Hotel guests are from many different culture's and english may be a second language.
    Posted swimming pool rules are asked to be followed.
    There are extreme people or people on the edge, from all walks of life.

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    1. English is your second language

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    2. 8:52 did pretty well, ignoring the lack of capitalization for English, which is a common error, until the 4th line. Then a crash & burn.

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  9. A place in history, American's are witnessing prejudices from the FBI being uncovered.
    The agents in question are being weeded out, but the damage to the department has been done.
    The hearings on Capital Hill is a good beginning.

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    1. Can you explain that a little?

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    2. You’re a fraud

      Can’t even spell ‘Capitol Hill’ correctly.

      Low-budget Russian troll

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    3. Standard Russian troll/Trump administration BS.

      It may work with those who have treason in their blood, but it won’t stop the ever tightening noose.

      Putin should cut his losses. The orange pig is roasted.

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    4. He got some good mileage out of Trump. Time to move on.

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  10. Can you tune into any news outlet that are aring the hearings?

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    1. What hearings?

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    2. NPR
      https://www.npr.org/2018/06/19/621193590/watch-live-justice-department-inspector-general-testifies-before-two-house-panel

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  11. Thank you Presudent Trump, i love thus quote: "we can no longer be the stupid country".

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    1. Is he resigning?

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    2. As long as you keep spelling ‘President’ with a ‘u’, you’ll remain stupid... regardless of whichever country you’re typing from.

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    3. 9:50's actually stipid.

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  12. US to quit Human Rights Counsel over its prejudices against Israel.

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    1. Trump and Netanyahu have a similarly tender approach to the people on the borders.

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    2. Both corrupt and under investigation

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  13. OMG can it be ? Both parties coming together to make a bipartisan change in policy with the clause of enforcement of the law on the books, inorder to get through the Senate.
    Bipartisanship on fixing the problem of separation of children from families at border.
    Debate ten years and ongoing.

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    1. It's everyone against the idiot bigot Trump.

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    2. The republicans control all three branches of governemrnt- this great sin is the blood on their hands

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    3. The GOP is a 5th column.

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  14. 10:28 & 11:45am. Behold the Westin Pasadena couple behind the door that enforce the rules!

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  15. What sin of blood on their hands of governmRnt are you babbling about 1:08pm?

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    1. Turn the channel. You're watching lobotomy news.

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  16. Poor troll tryin’ to keep up
    Failed
    Again

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  17. Will there be a boycott of Westin Inn facilities nation wide? NAACP will surely get involved ASAP. 2018 is turning into a very good year?

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  18. 1:49 pm put down the coffee, walk away, clearly you've over caffeinated.

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  19. 2018 will be a good year when they "lock her up"!

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    1. Stalker alert

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    2. You need more than just a steady stream of lies to lock up Sanders. CONway, one the other hand....

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  20. Poor Mayor Terry must forgotten making friends with Singporli. Otherwise, Pasadena can be as quiet as Arcadia.

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  21. So Westin is responsible for the actions of a guest? Stupid is in full bloom.
    Seriously what is wrong with you people.
    Apparently we need more therapists and Xanax in town.

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    1. The Weston's guilt is how they handled an altercation between two guests. Sprayberry needs further training.

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  22. Weston was slow to react...no protocol in place for such an occurrence. You don't know how to react if you have never had to before. That man was perpetrating a fraud, saying he was from the Health Department. And the mother, also not prepared for such an insult at an otherwise pleasant place. Not sure where the idea of showering before intering a pool came into being, at most it could knock a little dust off of you, but certainly no infections that would just keep on coming.

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    1. Strange men approaching children with weird and critical comments usually upset parents. At best this guy was an a-hole.

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  23. Stormy Daniels launches new lingerie line for nuns and business women.

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    1. And kinky presidents.

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  24. In keeping with the discussion of injustice: There will be a MoveOn.org gathering around the country to protest the "Child Interment Camps," so labeled by Congressman Elija Cummings. June 30. In LA locally for us. Other sites all over the country. Google MoveOn.org

    Have any of the Tattler readers had the mommentary fright of missing your child in the mall or elsewhere for even a fraction of a second? The terror is real. Now realize the terror for these parents, separated from their dependent children, infants, toddlers, children, pre-teens, teens--dispersed to centers while their parents are detained as criminals. Our shame!

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