Did you know that President Johnson signed into law Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, it is more commonly known as the Fair Housing Act. All this at the tail end of the Civil rights movement.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibited discrimination in housing there were no federal enforcement provisions in place. The 1968 act expanded on previous acts, concerning sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion and national origin, gender was added in 1974 and people with disabilities and families with children was added in 1988.
These laws are supposed to protect us from discrimination and give us a platform to fight against discrimination should we experience it. We do have a right to live in any neighborhood, home or building of our choosing. It’s unfortunate we still live in a time where these laws are needed but they are needed. Too many of us still experience discrimination.
This month of April is time to celebrate the Fair Housing Act. It has done so much good and needs to be recognized as one of the truly great additions to American law. We have come a long way and we need to celebrate that but clearly acts of discrimination continue at an alarming rate in spite of these laws. You do have a place to go and fight discrimination. But is it enough? How do we change the social behavior that require these laws? Will it take another 43 years or maybe 100? How do you think?
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ACMC, Loan Consultant