January 2013

Housing discrimination, you say?

The feds aren’t willing to prove it exists.

Even when housing discrimination is illegal, it can still be difficult to prove in cases of he-said, she said. But even when they are reported, there’s no way to prosecute people who commit housing discrimination unless law enforcement are willing to take a peek into the claim and see that it’s happening.

When a family in Michigan was denied a home, the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit set up some test subjects to see if discrimination had occurred. Lo and behold, the white family was granted a showing while the black family didn’t even get a call back.