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Texas comm'n charges anti-children bias

September 21, 1998
With his wife and infant daughter in mind, Derrick Taylor figured the well-lighted apartments with nearby parking in the front of the north Arlington complex would be an ideal home while construction wrapped up on their house.
     Instead, Taylor said, a Cedar Creek Apartments leasing agent told him the vacant unit was in need of repair and suggested a unit in the back.
     The family settled in, but a survey of his neighbors made Taylor suspicious about the agent's story.
     "It was obvious that nothing but families with children were in back and nothing but adults without children were in front," he said.
     Officials with the Texas Commission on Human Rights began investigating the complex, which is in the 500 block of Green Oaks Circle, after Taylor filed a fair-housing complaint in 1996. The ruling found that apartment workers had discriminated against the family. 

Denver residents protest group homes

September 21, 1998
East Denver residents packed into a meeting last week to raise personal - and sometimes panicked - questions about their likely new neighbors.
     Would they be allowed in the nearby park, some asked. What kinds of medications do they take? Do they scream in the night?
     The newcomers - if Denver city officials and the Mental Health Corp. of Denver get their way - will be 12 mentally ill residents of two group homes on south Olive and Poplar streets. The city is scurrying to open those and five other facilities by December 18, the deadline set by a judge in the settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

White mob marches on home

September 19, 1998
It started with a rumor of theft and ended with a mob of white men shouting racial slurs, smashing car windows and attacking the home of a white woman dating a black man -- all under the colors of a Confederate flag.
     What happened Tuesday night has stunned this mostly white city of about 8,100 people in eastern Nebraska.
     ``We have to recognize that we have minorities in the community that have seen these actions,'' Mayor Greg Adams said Friday. ``We need to let them know that we are not going to stand by and let racism happen whether intended or otherwise.''  

Panel urges examination of white privilege

September 18, 1998
President Clinton's advisers on race, completing their yearlong mission, have concluded that Americans must confront ``this country's history of white privilege'' before its many races can begin to get along.
     The advisory board was urging in its final report today that Clinton take the lead in educating people about that history and how an inferior status was assigned to people of color.
     "It is, we believe, essential to recall the facts of racial domination. ... We as a nation need to understand that whites tend to benefit, either unknowingly or consciously, from this country's history of white privilege,'' the report said.
     Clinton, who was to get the report in a meeting with the board today, planned to use the board's findings as a reference for his own report on how the country can prepare for the day when no racial group is a majority of the U.S. population.

Coldwell Banker settles "empty nester" dispute

September 18, 1998
On September 4, 1998, Coldwell Banker agreed to a settlement with Interfaith Housing Center in response to a complaint filed with the U.S. Dept. of HUD in February of 1998. The complaint was based upon an advertisement for a unit in a Highland Park complex -- described as an "adult townhome". Interfaith’s contention was that the language in the ad was discriminatory, discouraging families with children from moving to the complex and frustrated the agency’s efforts and activities to ensure open housing in the Northern Suburbs.

Group homes moratorium spurs lawsuit

September 18, 1998
A six-month moratorium on the establishment of new group homes and residential facilities in Iron County, Utah, illegally discriminates against the disabled, according to the Disability Law Center.
     In a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, the center's lawyers said the Iron County moratorium "clearly violates the express language " of federal and state fair housing laws.
     At issue is "Ordinance No. 159," which bans issuing permits for group homes and residential facilities for six months "or until permanent regulations are adopted, whichever is sooner."
     The Iron County Commission adopted the ordinance on August 10 in response to public concerns over the growing number of group homes, youth homes and other residential facilities in the area, said County Attorney Scott Burns.
     "We have been inundated with group homes and youth homes, and the commission placed a moratorium on permits until we come up with an ordinance that we feel will protect the public," Burns said. 

Shell sued for race bias at gas stations

September 17, 1998
The note posted behind the counter at the gas station was written in Urdu, so customers were not likely to understand it.
     But an employee of the Shell station in Chicago understood and told a Chicago police officer that the sign read, ``Do not release for blacks -- first get the money.''
     That was the first link in a chain of events that led to the filing of a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Wednesday.
     The lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages and an end to what it called a nationwide pattern of discrimination, was filed by Daron Hill, a black Chicago police officer who had learned of the note.
     ``I thought it was disgusting,'' said Hill. 

Former Ala. Gov. Wallace dies at 79

September 14, 1998
Former Gov. George C. Wallace, who declared ``segregation forever'' and later was paralyzed by a would-be assassin's bullet as he campaigned for the presidency in 1972, died Sunday. He was 79.
     Wallace, who recanted his segregationist stand later in his career and won his final term with the help of black votes, had battled Parkinson's disease as well as the lingering effects of his wounds. He had been hospitalized repeatedly.
     Wallace entered the hospital Thursday, suffering from breathing problems and septic shock caused by a severe bacterial infection. He also had been hospitalized this summer with similar problems. 

Giuliani suspends firefighters for parade

September 12, 1998
Reacting to what he called a "a disgusting display of racism," Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani suspended two firemen today and said he will soon suspend a policeman for riding in blackface on a Labor Day float that mocked last June's grisly dragging death of a black man in Texas.
     The Republican mayor, rushing to separate his administration from what he described as the behavior of "a few misguided, possibly sick, individuals," said the three men committed a "vicious kind of stereotypical displaying of African Americans" and "can no longer be trusted to be public employees of the city of New York." Giuliani said all three will likely be fired.

Cal. agency says state law covers roommates

September 06, 1998
With misgivings about invading apartment dwellers' privacy, a California state civil rights agency awarded $2,744.35 in damages to a black Oakland woman rejected as a roommate by two white women because of her race.
     The Fair Employment and Housing Commission said people who rent a house or apartment and seek a roommate are covered by California's law banning racial discrimination in housing.
     While taking part in the 4-0 decision, two commission members said the Legislature should change the law.
     The law ``intrudes too far into individuals' choice of living arrangements, and may also raise constitutional issues of privacy and association,'' wrote commissioners Theron Johnson and Ann-Marie Villicana.


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