Target: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
Goal: Don’t strike down the federal fair housing laws that prevent race-based discrimination.
The U.S. Fair Housing Act, implemented to protect people of color from discrimination when it comes to home sales and renting, could be rendered effectively useless if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in a recent case. Experts are predicting that the court is likely to rule against fair housing laws, which would be a huge blow to civil rights in the U.S.
The Fair Housing Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson to combat the rampant racism in the housing market, which still remains a problem today. Black and Asian individuals are shown 15 to 19 percent fewer homes than white people by real estate agents, according to a study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. People of color also get higher interest loans regardless of their credit scores. Without the Fair Housing Act, this problem is likely to become much worse.
Housing and loan discrimination is one of the factors that keeps people of color and other marginalized groups in a cycle of poverty as they’re unable to get the same deals as white people with equal credit scores. Without intervention, housing companies may soon be able to discriminate freely without fear of legal consequences. Sign our petition to urge the Supreme Court swing vote to keep protections against harmful racism intact.
Dear Chief Justice Roberts,
I understand that you’re currently hearing oral arguments in the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project. I’m also aware that your ruling could have a serious effect on federal fair housing laws that protect people of color and other marginalized persons from housing and loan discrimination.
The fact is that even with these laws in place, many real estate and loan companies demonstrate discriminatory practices when it comes to showing houses and determining interest rates, among other things. Studies have shown that people of color are shown fewer homes than white people and given higher home loan interest rates, even when their credit scores are better than those of their white counterparts. This clearly shows that there is still a serious discrimination problem in housing markets in the U.S.
I urge you to vote against gutting the Fair Housing Act and the various laws that make it more difficult to discriminate against marginalized persons. Keeping people out of affordable homes and decent neighborhoods is exactly why minorities get stuck in cycles of crime and poverty. Without laws to protect them, companies will take full advantage of the clearly racist climate in this country to make profits, leaving people of color and others at even more of a disadvantage.
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