Housing Discrimination

Meh…

I know I should care about the drama surrounding Donald Sterling, but I don’t.

Yes, it’s terrible he’s a racist, but his views have been known for a while now. Folks been calling out Sterling for years.

 I don’t care about any of the NBA folks in all this hoopla, they will be alright. They have their millions to keep them warm.  I also wasn’t impressed with the Clippers just turning their shirts inside out as a protest. I know they didn’t have much time to react, but come on. How about refuse to play the game, that would have made more of an impact.  Double meh.

The only thing that peaked my interest in all the media coverage, is Sterling’s recorded (heh) treatment of black tenants in apartment buildings he owned:

“As sports columnist Bomani Jones wrote, “Though Sterling has no problem paying black people millions of dollars to play basketball, the feds allege that he refused to rent apartments in Beverly Hills and Koreatown to black people and people with children. Talk about strange. A man notoriously concerned with profit maximization refuses to take money from those willing to shell it out to live in the most overrated, overpriced neighborhood in Southern California? That same man, who gives black men tens of millions of dollars every year, refuses to take a few thousand a month from folks who would like to crash in one of his buildings for a while? You gotta love racism, the only force in the world powerful enough to interfere with money-making. Sterling may have been a joke, but nothing about this is funny. In fact, it’s frightening and disturbing that classic racism like this might still be in play.”–http://www.thenation.com/blog/179551/donald-sterling-slumlord-billionaire#

Currently, in my city the issue of gentrification/housing discrimination is huge. As it is all across the country.  Poor (and working class) black people/folks of color are being pushed further and further out of the city.  Soon, we will be living in the ocean.

Last year, I read Anita Hill’s “Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home.” Hill looks at the ongoing housing crisis in America. It’s a good read. The book details the history of black people trying to find home in a country that has made it hell for them to do so:

I hope this situation with Sterling brings more attention to how poor folks/folks of color are affected by discriminatory housing practices.

Anita Hill Sundance Documentary ‘Anita’ Gets A First Trailer + Release Date

I was in high school when the Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas debates happened. I remember grown folks (who should’ve known better) calling Hill black and ugly and shiny-faced. I took offense to this, as I am also darker skinned and can get shiny-faced. White AND black folks degraded Hill because it was easier to mock a black woman than to believe she was a victim of sexual abuse/harassment. Of course, folks have come to see Thomas as the flawed person that he is…Guess who got the last laugh! I am looking forward to the new documentary on Hill’s life. The film will be released in Fall 2014:

“Titled simply Anita, the film comes from Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, writer and producer Freida Mock.  Here’s how it’s described: Anita Hill, an African-American woman, charges Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment in explosive Senate hearings in 1991 – bringing sexual politics into the national consciousness and fueling 20 years of international debate on the issues. The film follows “the life and times” of Anita Hill, with, of course, the above sexual harassment charge and its aftermath, in focus.”– http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/watch-1st-trailer-for-anita-hill-sundance-doc-anita-set-for-fall-release