1993 issues of The Advocate
Epithets and slurs charged; owner denies accusations
By Scott Maier P-I Reporter
Routine epithets such as "nigger," "nip" and "wetback." Minorities told no rooms for rent, despite several vacancies. Black children refused use of the apartment's swimming pool.
Ugly acts of racism once were common in the Deep South.
Tenants of a Los Angeles public housing complex, with help from the Fair Housing Congress of Southern California (FHC), have negotiated an innovative $80 million redevelopment plan to end racial and ethnic segregation.
A private developer will tear down 396 existing units at Normont Terrace and replace them with 800 condominium units. Under the September 17, agreement, half of the units will be owned by a nonprofit corporation or the Los Angeles housing authority.
They will be rented to persons on the authority's waiting list. The other units will be sold at market rates.
A black woman who moved her family into a nearly all-white neighborhood in southwest Jefferson County and then endured months of racial taunts in 1990 has won an $87,000 judgment against two white men who tried to firebomb her house.
Last week's judgment is "by far" the largest housing-discrimination award ever in Kentucky and one of the larger awards in the country, said Galen Martin of the Fair Housing Council, a non-profit group that tracks discrimination settlements.
"I'm really happy about the victory and the judgment," said Lillye Clay, who fled with her five children