Louisiana man agrees to pay $30,000 tobi-racial family

A Louisiana landlord, who allegedly refused to provide rental housing to an interracial couple, has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the couple. In addition to the monetary damages, Charles Long, the landlord has agreed to attend a fair housing education program, advertise in African-American media, and keep comprehensive records of vacancies and applicants at his rental properties.

Christina Flannery, who is white, first viewed one of Long's properties in Chalmette, Louisiana. Long agreed to rent to Flannery. When Long learned that Kevin Magee, Flannery's fiancé, was African-American, he informed Flannery that he would not rent to her.

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (FHAC) conducted tests to determine if there was evidence that would support Flannery's claims of racial discrimination. During one test, Long took a white couple to view an apartment. While there, Long said, "The reason I'm acting so nervous is the Blacks. They're ringing me off the hook. I can tell over the phone." According to FHAC, Long refused to make an appointment with an African-American tester.