Red Cross pulls 'racist' swimming poster, apologizes

Red Cross pulls 'racist' swimming poster, apologizes

(RNN) - The American Red Cross apologized and pulled posters for a swimming safety campaign after a woman called the organization out on social media.

Margaret Sawyer noticed a "Be Cool, Follow the Rules" flier posted at pools in two different Colorado towns during a cross-country trip with her family, according to KUSA.

In a Facebook post dated June 20, she complained about the number of children of color shown doing dangerous things, compared to the number of white children.

John Sawyer weighed in, tweeting at the Red Cross to replace what he called a "super racist" poster.

The poster was from a 2014 pool safety training campaign, according to the Red Cross.

The inability to safely swim is a problem in the minority community, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The drowning rate of black children ages 5 to 19 is more than five times higher than that of white children.

The Red Cross in a statement said it has removed the poster from its website and swim app and requested all pools to take them down. The organization is also seeking to work with a group that specializes in diversity.

"It was absolutely not our intent to offend anyone. As one of the nation's oldest and largest humanitarian organizations, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do, every day," the statement said.

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