2013 is the 45th Anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act
Why is AGE a protected class in employment law...not in Fair Housing Law? The answer is HISTORIC DISCRIMINATION. Seniors historically suffered discrimination in employment, but not in housing.
Civil rights laws were created to protect classes of people which suffered from denial and difference in treatment over the years: HISTORIC DISCRIMINATION.
Civil Rights Laws were not created because some do-gooder thought it was a good idea (what we now call "politically correct"). They were created to address REAL INJUSTICE.
Why is this important? The further we get from the origins of Civil Rights laws (including the Federal Fair Housing Act), the harder it is to remember the time when certain classes of people were barred from housing or subjected to different terms and conditions. This year is the 45 Anniversary of the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act, in part as a result of the assasination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
Martin Luther King Day is a celebration of all the pioneers who fought for Civil Rights. No single man was the parent of equal rights.
In 1963, long before he was the subject of a holiday, Dr. King called upon a community of seekers and supporters of justice by saying:
Civil rights, including housing rights, were WON...not just granted cause someone thought it would be a good idea.
Preserving and expanding housing rights means challenging discrimination even today. Rights are like muscles-stronger when exercised.
President Obama said the same in his inaugural address on 1/21/13:
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths –- that
all of us are created equal –- is the star that guides us still; just as
it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall;
just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left
footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot
walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is
inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.
At the bottom of this page there are articles and notes on the history of the struggle for equal housing in Ohio. Take a read!