Racial Discrimination is Still Alive In Housing today, whether we want to believe it or not. I just read a post by Elva Branson-Lee titled Racial Discrimination Made my First Real Estate Experience a Nightmare, speaks of her first real estate experience back in the 1960s. I am glad she did not allow this experience to withold her from this profession.
I have been a licensed agent in South Florida since 2003 and have encountered several incidents where it was event I was been given a hard time and disrespect for no other reason than the color of my skin.
One incident occurred when I relocated to my current area about 5 years ago. I was going through an ethics class which covered housing laws. The room was full, and I was only one of two blacks in the room of approximately 50 people. The instructor asked who while on a listing appointment had been asked not to sell the house to a black person. I was shocked by the candor of the instructor, but it was refreshing, and I quickly turned around from my front seat to see over 90% of the class with their hands raised.
It was shocking to me because my city is a diverse one with many, many cultures. This information grieved me. As a result I would put my photos on my business card, not because most Realtors did, but to eliminate the bigots and so that we would not waste each others time.
This is a sad situation, that after nearly 50 years after Elva Branson-Lee had her experience we are still faced with these problems. I wonder how some of the agents handled the question when asked by the potential seller? I am quite sure some did not agree but sadly I am sure some did agree, even though it is wrong on so many levels. My concern is for the agents that agreed with the sellers. How are they treating the buyers and sellers that are non white. Are they really looking out for customers' interest the same as they would a buyer or seller of their own race?
Racism is a problem out there TODAY, it is very covert and hard to prove even with all the laws in place, but I urge ALL who encounter this problem to report it immediately to
U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 1 (800) 699-9777.
We have to take all steps to eradicate this problem in our society, cities, towns and our work places.
Like I said earlier my city and South Florida is very diverse, and there is enough business for me without having to deal with people with silly ways of thinking. My family and I are happy were we live.
Click here to read Elva Branson-Lee post.