Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Housing Discrimination Is Still Pervasive

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Housing Discrimination Is Still Pervasive

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I am responding to the April 9 Post-Gazette article "LandmarkAnti-housing Bias Act Turns 50." It's unfortunate that the PG reporter and the individuals interviewed for this article failed to mention or were not aware of the most significant housing discrimination case of the modern-day civil rights era, which was Jones v. Mayer.

The respondent, Mayer, refused to sell a house to Jones in the PaddockWoods community of St. Louis County, solely because of Jones' race,Negro.The U.S. Supreme Court on June 17, 1968, ruled in favor of Jones in al and mark 7-2 decision, which upheld the constitutionality of the CivilRights Act of 1866 that was re-enacted in the Civil Rights Act of 1870.

Black people throughout the United States lobbied relentlessly for years for passage of a comprehensive fair housing law. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title VIII, on April 11, 1968, which was one week after Martin Luther King Jr. …

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