So doing a bit of digging:
A witness post:
I've been going to the same public pool in DC for five years. Today, someone drew swastikas and nazi symbols on himself before showing up to the pool.
When asked to cover offensive images, the man began using racist epithets towards the lifeguards. It's not hard to draw a line between the leader of
our country not taking sides in Charlottesville and events like today. It must stop.
a review of the pool:
Generally, the place gets the job done. The entry is a weird prison style buzzer system. Show your ID, get buzzed into the locker rooms. In fact, the
entire place has the appearance of a minimum security prison. There are a ton of rules, including zero photography, no one is allowed on deck unless
they are swimming and in a real swim suit (no mesh shorts), and you have to shower before getting in the pool. The sheer amount of rules is
off-putting, but something probably happened to cause introduction of the rules in the first place. The lifeguards are very, very strict.
So if the guy was only there to charge his phone and not use the pool...they were likely within their rights to kick him out. I suppose that might
depend on is attire, ultimately. He certainly was not there to sun, as it's an indoor pool.
If he drew symbols on himself...it was to cause controversy. If he was there for that reason, it was a clear violation of their rules.
Pool rules say that they reserve the right to remove people on the grounds of "improper conduct, including derogatory and/or profane or offensive
language". This day and age a swastika is considered objectively offensive, and showing it off could be construed as "profane or offensive language"
under the rules. Depending on how you want to interpret such things...
Seems we don't have a whole story here and mostly just the sensationalized parts.
But I do agree on one thing -- our freedom here is not what it once was by any means. We have become a very repressive country full of wussified
people who get offended and make a big stink at the drop of a hat and believe the government must protect us from ourselves and a harsh and
unforgiving reality. Even if that means taking away all freedom.
I hate what this country has become, but it's still better than many others out there.
This is from the first episode of an old HBO show called The Newsroom -- I absolutely agree with this bit:
Why American isn't the greatest country in the world
We have a great Constitution that grants us inalienable rights. Hate speech is not protected though, even hate speech against white people isn't
protected, though that seems to be one that a lot of people want to give a pass on. ALL these different Hate Groups, need to not be given a platform
(doesn't matter who they represent if they are a Hate Group and many are disguised to be "legitimate" organizations). If we don't do something to
curb/get ahead/figure out the polarization going on here in the US, it will be another Civil War or just an excuse for the Government to finally take