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Anaconda, Crazy, and Douchebag: 25.) A hotel owner pouring acid in a pool while a black family swam in it in 1964 <p><a href="http://thecrankyconservative.tumblr.com/post/109461172655/thecrankyconservative-commonsenserevived" class="tumblr_blog">thecrankyconservative</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://thecrankyconservative.tumblr.com/post/109451484480/commonsenserevived-freedom14movement">thecrankyconservative</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://commonsenserevived.tumblr.com/post/109450870351/freedom14movement-mortarfragginsumbeehitch">commonsenserevived</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://freedom14movement.tumblr.com/post/109450238978/mortarfragginsumbeehitch-freedom14movement">freedom14movement</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://mortarfragginsumbeehitch.tumblr.com/post/109449540058/freedom14movement-knurlagn">mortarfragginsumbeehitch</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://freedom14movement.tumblr.com/post/109448977653/knurlagn-freedom14movement-reverseracism">freedom14movement</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://knurlagn.tumblr.com/post/109448013406/freedom14movement-reverseracism">knurlagn</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://freedom14movement.tumblr.com/post/109438950233/reverseracism-postracialcomments">freedom14movement</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://reverseracism.tumblr.com/post/86433463558/postracialcomments-reverseracism-blueszoo">reverseracism</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://postracialcomments.tumblr.com/post/86430851355/reverseracism-blueszoo-images-that-will">postracialcomments</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://reverseracism.tumblr.com/post/86429967883/blueszoo-images-that-will-change-your">reverseracism</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://blueszoo.tumblr.com/post/84265868568/images-that-will-change-your-perspective-on-life">blueszoo</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Images that will change your Perspective on Life 📷</p> </blockquote> <p>Never forget</p> </blockquote> <p>Always remember this photo</p> <p>this happened in 1964, St Augustine Florida</p> <p><strong>1964</strong></p> <p>Dont ever let people tell you that this stuff stopped 100 years ago. My aunt and uncle were already born. They are 52 and 50 years old. </p> </blockquote> <p>NEVER FORGET.</p> </blockquote> <p>Proof this was acid?</p> </blockquote> <p>Seems like a convenient way of disposing of the extra acid he had on hand.</p> <p>Acid into water is almost harmless, espeacially into a whole pool of water.</p> </blockquote> <p>True it’s a base bases dilute acid but who is to say this is acid in the first place</p> </blockquote> <p>Even if it was harmless he was still being a douchebag.</p> </blockquote> <p>If in fact I find evidence this was acid then I concur. However evidence has not been brought to my attention</p> </blockquote> <p>Ok racism exists no one it’s denying that<br/>What we are denying is that the government is oppressing you.</p> </blockquote> <p>1) Does no one see the black women with the white man inside the pool?</p> <p>2) That looks like a bottle of chlorine..  You know.. The harmless chemical that needs to be constantly replenished inside the pool to clarify it and kill bacteria? It began to be used to sterilize pools in 1961, and pools had to be manually filled and treated back then.</p> <p>… smh</p> </blockquote> <p>So here’s what I found out about this picture, after doing a bit of ye old googlin’: The details are crazy sketchy.</p> <p>So, the official story goes that this Hotel wouldn’t serve Martin Luther King, and as an act of protest, a bunch of activists jumped into the pool and staged a ‘swim in’, as it were. The hotel manager then came out and threatened them with acid, or something along those lines.</p> <p>This took place in St. Augustine, Florida. And, at the time, there was a heck of a lot of rioting and violence taking place because of clashes with the pro and anti segregationist movements. So whether or not the ‘swim in’ was provoked by Martin Luther King actually having gone to that hotel and been refused service, or it was just a general action done in the context of the mass rioting is another detail I can’t find clarification on.</p> <p>There seems to be a different version of this story everywhere I’ve looked. In one version, the hotel manager was some crazy, racist wacko trying to grossly injure the protesters (though muriatic acid is completely harmless), and in another, he had asked them to leave several times because they were not patrons of the hotel and were scaring away paying customers, so he started to try and stink up the pool with chemical so that they would want to get out.</p> <p>Either way, there are plenty of other powerful photos from the civil rights movement that we don’t need to go around making up stories or assuming anything just because a picture was taken that happened to be from that era.</p></blockquote>