Friday, January 30, 2015

Supreme Court Moves to Undo Civil Rights Law ... Again - Truthdig

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 By Sonali Kolhatkar

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again taken it upon itself to reconsider a landmark civil rights law. Under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and subsequent legal precedents, individuals or institutions can be sued for racial segregation in housing even if they cannot prove that the segregation was intentional. But conservatives have long argued that segregation ought to be legal as long as it is not deliberate. Now, the court, under Chief Justice John Roberts, also seems to want to see it that way.

The case in question was brought by a nonprofit organization in Texas called the Inclusive Communities Project, which found that state-funded vouchers for affordable housing were being issued almost exclusively in black neighborhoods, ensuring that white suburbs were spared the presence of low-income residents. So ICP sued the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs saying it was a violation of the Fair Housing Act. Enter the Supreme Court. Read full story at this link- Sonali Kolhatkar: Supreme Court Moves to Undo Civil Rights Law ... Again - Sonali Kolhatkar - Truthdig

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