The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Maryland Amusement Park:
A Father’s Day Nightmare

Sep 17, 2018

Nicholaus Mims, father of six, spent $400 to take his family to Six Flags America amusement park in Maryland outside Washington, D.C. While at the pool area, he and his wife suddenly realized their 12 year old son had wandered off. Mims raced through the park to find him.

Several security guards told Mims, who is black, that he needed to be wearing a shirt. He explained he was rushing to find his son and his wife was keeping his shirt by the pool. Finally Mims found his son playing arcade games and called his wife to come there. Immediately a white security guard told him he needed a shirt. She called two other guards, who approached with Mace and made Mims leave the park. Three more guards joined them and outside the park, one tried to grab him. Yelling, “Cuff him! He’s being resistant!” the guards slammed Mims to the ground in front of his family, bloodying his face. They chained him to a post in a security office for half an hour before letting him leave.

The family is suing Six Flags for the brutal behavior of their guards towards this man for being a father, a good father, while being black.