NC residents say a community pool has discriminatory rules

June 18, 2019 GMT

WENDELL, N.C. (AP) — Residents of a North Carolina community say a private pool is enforcing discriminatory rules that ban dreadlocks, weaves and baggy pants.

News outlets report Wake County residents have been sharing the rules on social media and calling for conversation on what they say are racist guidelines by the Outdoor Recreation Center of Wendell.

According to the social media posts, the pool bans baggy pants, dreadlocks, weaves and extensions. Community members told WRAL the rules seem to reference hairstyles worn mostly by people of color.


The outlet reports the owners of the pool have since apologized for the use of the word “dreadlock” and re-wrote the rules to say “no artificial hair” is allowed at the pool.

The pool is not associated with the town.


Information from: WRAL-TV,