By Carma Henry

Senate Lawmakers seek to gut Fair Housing

Civil Rights guarantees proposed to be weakened

By Charlene Crowell

In just a few weeks, civil rights and housing advocates will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Just four days following the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Congress passed the law on April 10, 1968.

On the following day, President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s signature made it unlawful to discriminate in housing sales, rentals, and finance. Although race, color, religion and national origin were the original protected classes, in later years the Act was amended to include gender and people with disabilities and families with children. With each revision; businesses such as banks, and other lenders, realtors, landlords, insurance companies — even governments that previously used zoning and restrictive covenants to deny housing access – were all obliged to adhere to new standards of inclusion.

Fast-forward 50 years, and much of Black America and other people of color still find that the promise of fair lending remains just that. Our collective experiences as a people provide painful reminders of how full and equal access to credit – …read more

Source:: The Westside Gazette