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Wall Street Could Win Big If SCOTUS Guts Fair Housing Act
(WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015)
-- If the state of Texas prevails in a civil rights case about to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, landlords and developers will have an easier time defending themselves in housing discrimination lawsuits.
But the biggest beneficiary of a win for Texas could well be Wall Street.
The case alleges that the way Texas allocates low-income housing credits violates the 1968 Fair Housing Act, an issue with little direct connection to banking. But trade groups representing banks and other financial services companies hope that the high court will set a legal precedent in its ruling that could also be used to defend against lending discrimination lawsuits.
FULL STORY by Reuters
Chicago-area mobile home park faces Fair Housing Act lawsuit
(CROWN POINT, Ill., May 18, 2015)
-- The federal government is suing a Crown Point, Ill., mobile home park, claiming the park refuses to rent any of its homes to families with children.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, lists Gentle Manor Estates, at 1305 E. North St., and John Townsend, who is listed with the state as the owner, as defendants.
Townsend could not be reached for comment.
FULL STORY in The Chicago Tribune
OPINION: Housing Apartheid, American Style
(NEW YORK, May 17, 2015)
-- The riots that erupted in Baltimore last month were reminiscent of those that consumed cities all over the country during the 1960s. This rage and unrest was thoroughly explained five decades ago by President Lyndon Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission. The commission’s report was released in 1968 — the year that the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. touched off riots in 125 cities — and contains the most candid indictment of racism and segregation seen in such a document, before or since.
The commission told white Americans what black citizens already knew: that the country was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.” It linked the devastating riots that consumed Detroit and Newark in 1967 to residential segregation that had been sustained and made worse by federal policies that concentrated poor black citizens in ghettos. It also said that discrimination and segregation had become a threat to “the future of every American.”
FULL EDITORIAL in The New York Times