The Obama administration now thinks that criminals are a protected class under the Fair Housing Act. In a long stretch of the imagination that even Rubber Man would be envious of, the Housing Administration says that a biased court system is to blame for discriminatory practices against persons with criminal records. Will the Hosing Administration now be liable for acts of criminals that are forced upon landlords, or will you? You should think that through and see what answer you get. What ever happened to personal accountability and the consequences of a person’s actions?
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WARNS LANDLORDS THEY CAN’T DECLINE RENTING TO CRIMINALS BECAUSE IT’S RACIST
By Rusty at Mental Recession
Do Democrats in any way shape or form think people should be held accountable for their actions? Are they incapable of viewing criminals on a case by case basis as opposed to lumping them into a racial demographic?
Judging by the Obama administration’s latest actions, we’re thinking no.
The White House issued a notice to landlords telling them that refusing to rent on the basis of past criminal record can be considered racist.
Via the Daily Caller:
The Obama administration released a warning Monday telling the nation’s landlords that it may be discriminatory for them to refuse to rent to those with criminal records.
The Fair Housing Act doesn’t include criminals as a protected class, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says refusing to rent based on a criminal record is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice system.
“The Fair Housing Act prohibits both intentional housing discrimination and housing practices that have an unjustified discriminatory effect because of race, national origin, or other protected characteristics,” say HUD’s newly-released guidelines. “Because of widespread racial and ethnic disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system, criminal history-based restrictions on access to housing are likely disproportionately to burden African-Americans and Hispanics. While the Act does not prohibit housing providers from appropriately considering criminal history information when making housing decisions, arbitrary and over broad criminal history-related bans are likely to lack a legally sufficient justification.”