SCOTUS on fair housing

The four things we need to know about this week’s Supreme Court decision, a blog post by Eric Halperin and Deidre Swesnik of the Open Society Foundation

1. The court recognized that unconscious or implicit bias is a form of intentional discrimination.

2. The FHA should be used to break down structural barriers to racial integration, not merely to prevent current discrimination

3. Where you live impacts the education you receive, how you are treated by the police, and your access to economic opportunity

4. The Court’s decision extends beyond segregation to our financial markets

3 Comments on “SCOTUS on fair housing

  1. Fair housing considerations should include quality of life and health of environment.

    Today’s broadcast on Radio Times, 90.9 FM, Marti Moss-Coane is interviewing on the topic of the disproportionate impact of carbon on people of color. Chronic illness, shortening of lives, suffering the symptoms, expense and limitations of severe impact on health.

    Toxic waste products from manufacture and energy production have to go somewhere, as long as they are produced; where do they go? Where are the exhaust spewing highways? People of color are systematically locked out of the decision making process and the conversation.

    Broadcast live with call-in opportunities this morning, rebroadcast tonight, 7-1-2015, and in archive via WHYY.

    • Thanks for the alert and for looking up the details! I heard part of that broadcast just now, where they were talking about PIBPY (not in black people’s yards) as a variation of NIMBY (not in my back yard) and thought — THIS is something we need to put on the NIOT blog.So— if you missed it, there’s a podcast.

  2. This conversation is upping the pressure to change manufacturing and consumption. Like the ‘no-exit’ exercise in marriage counseling, coming to terms with that we must include everyone in the taking care, may be the key to taking care of ourselves on a planet that is clearly sharing an atmosphere and, more and more, a society.

    Yet ‘we’ somehow, as a society, manage to create pockets of great disparity for those with less control, by color and/or class. More on the show about heat islands, and disparity in restoration post-disasters.

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