Crying Racism on Rentals

Oregon Live, August 24, 2011

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon’s flimsy audit is a gift to those who discriminate against racial minorities in housing or deny that such bias exists. It gives them the last thing they deserve–ammo to fire at efforts, including a new city plan, to fight discrimination in housing.

Last May, the Fair Housing Council delivered a report to City Hall with a shocking headline: nearly two-thirds of Portland landlords discriminated against African American and Hispanics posing as prospective renters. We argued in this space about “rampant discrimination” and a rental market “rife with racism,” and state legislators, among others, demanded action against the landlords.

But when the city and Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries made a stab at using the information in the audit to build cases against individual landlords, the whole thing fell apart. On Tuesday, BOLI tossed out the only complaint filed against an audited landlord for alleged discrimination and released the entire audit for the first time, along with an analysis that showed that the field tests were sloppy and the report riddled with errors.

The Fair Housing Council protests that its audit never was intended as a law enforcement tool. Fine, but it’s so poorly done that it’s also a completely unreliable assessment of the extent of discrimination in the rental market. BOLI found many discrepancies between what the field testers experienced and what was reported in the audit. It even said evidence of supposed landlord discrimination was gathered over the phone. Really?

The worthless audit cost taxpayers $19,000, but the real loss is in the damage to the credibility of those working hard to confront the lingering problem of housing discrimination in Portland.

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  • Anonymous

    I recently returned from a trip to Portland. What a great city! People actually go downtown and walk around. Children play in the parks. No buildings were boarded up. The streets were clean. It was also 95% white. I can’t understand why they keep sending the most liberal people to congress. They just don’t understand what they will lose.

  • Anonymous

    Wonder what corporations fund the fair housing council? I would like to boycott their products.

  • Anonymous

    This is something I believe is true. The entire world is upset about racism against people of color while people of color are the only ones being racist, but I do believe there is racial discrimination against people of color on the part of landlords. Probably not as much ‘discrimination’ as there is destruction and unpaid bills left by those same people of color. . . but there is discrimination against people of color on the part of many of those renting out their homes.

  • Question Diversity

    That there is a discrepancy between this Fair Housing Council’s agitprop report and an actual attempt at civil or criminal prosecution, means that the FHC either lied or engaged in gross negligence in its methodology. The Oregon Bureau of Labor Industries had to spend time and money to chase phantoms of the FHC’s fanciful imagination. I think the FHC could be charged with some sort of criminal fraud. We do know that the FHC’s sloppy audit cost the city 19 kilobucks, so there are grounds for fraud charges there.

  • olewhitelady

    Lying has become so second-nature to liberals that most of them do it without any forethought. Decades ago, the concept of telling even preposterous falsehoods to initiate social change came about. The ends justify the means.

  • SickoftheWhiners

    Well, if blacks and Mexicans are such wonderful, upright citizens that you’d think landlords would be lined up to rent to them — how is it that none of them seems to have had what it takes to get enough money together to BUY their own house? Lifelong renters generally have some major failing(s), like alcoholism, drug abuse, no education, serious illness, too many kids, etc. etc. You get this in ALL races – it is not confined to blacks and Mexicans.

  • Kingoldby

    Of course, allowing people to rent their own private property to who they want to is totally unacceptable.

    Obviously we need government and government funded organisations to control the private arrangements between private people.

  • Seek

    Put yourself in the shoes of an urban landlord, something these noble-sounding warriors against “housing discrimnation” apparently can’t do. You’re faced with tenants who pose a higher than normal risk of violence, noise, vandalism, drug abuse and rent-skipping. Would any sane person lease to people like that? I sure wouldn’t. Call it “profiling,” but I’m for it. Every landlord does it, consciously or not. It’s a matter of economics.

    This clown who writes for Oregon Live can’t seem to figure any of this out. I hereby sentence him to one year of living with a black female-headed family. He’ll be cured of his views. I guarantee it.

  • sbuffalonative

    BOLI tossed out the only complaint filed against an audited landlord for alleged discrimination and released the entire audit for the first time, along with an analysis that showed that the field tests were sloppy and the report riddled with errors.

    These people see ‘racism’ every time they pass a white man on the street. They don’t have the proof, but they KNOW he’s a racist. So they give us a fancy report with hysterical assertions as proof.

    When your theory is at odds with the facts, lie.

  • Rajesh

    Okay- we Indian immigrants have dark skin which may make some people from all-white towns mistake us for Black or Hispanic since we don’t look like East Asians.

    If a dark skinned Indian immigrant went to apply in an all white town, I bet you we could still get the home despite our dark skin because of the way we present ourselves.

  • CDE

    6 — SickoftheWhiners – Lifelong renters generally have some major failing(s), like alcoholism, drug abuse, no education, serious illness, too many kids

    I’m a 44 year old white male, college educated and no addictions. I have rented my entire adult life. Owning a home isn’t what it used to be. Now its an albatross. I like to be able to pull up stakes and leave if need be (usually for my job.) I know you probably meant no offense, but I wanted to point that out.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Black landlords ever get the “fair housing” shakedowns for not renting to Blacks and Hispanics…

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous (#1) wrote:

    “It was also 95% white. I can’t understand why they keep sending the most liberal people to congress.”

    You actually answered your own question. Places with those demographics generally don’t understand issues of this sort, because they haven’t experienced them fully. Therefore, they tend to be overwhelmingly liberal.

  • Dance

    “An analysis that showed that the field tests were sloppy and the report riddled with errors.”

    No doubt crafted by an childlike, affirmative action, make-work scheme hired minority of some sort.

  • Capt. Kierkegaard

    Rajesh;

    You are wrong about whites mistaking you for black. Whites know full well about East Indians. We have absolutely no problems with you. We know your work ethic. We know your commitment to education and family.

    It isnt about skin color. Its about culture and values.

  • Anonymous

    “If a dark skinned Indian immigrant went to apply in an all white town, I bet you we could still get the home despite our dark skin because of the way we present ourselves.”

    This has been true for at least 20 years in much of the South, in my experience. I’m not sure of hypocritical “liberal” areas, including pseudo-Southern parts of Atlanta, Austin, DC, etc.

    One of the few good things about the decline of whites might just be the end of the real estate fetish and discrimination against renting. It’s a SWPL disgrace that people never learn to avoid, causing at least a third of America’s recessions. I mean, going beyond just wanting a decent neighborhood and becoming a land speculator.

    Lifelong renters are frequently drifting around to avoid draconian child support payments, by the way. Anti-male laws gave rise to this behavior.

  • Xman

    @Rajesh

    Firstly ‘we Indians’ are not all dark skinned, the majority of those in the US are, as these are from the South. Regarding your claim of Indians being welcome because of ‘presentation’, do you have any evidence ? I guess not, other than an anecdote or two. Now a days people post ads online and respond online so where did you get this ‘presenting’ yourself part from ? No offense, but Indians are horrible at English as well so the responses won’t be very appealing.

    My own experience, which I am going through right now, indicates Indians are less sought after. Out of curiosity I checked with some of my friends and majority of them were of the opinion that a lot of Americans [I guess White] don’t generally like Indians as housemates because of the strong odors from their food and lot of Indians cook quite often.

    Apart from this, which is anecdotal too hence inconclusive, Whites in inner cities/suburbs are very race conscious so I’d guess that plays a role as well. As others mentioned economics plays its part too, probably the most prominent.

  • ATBOTL

    “I recently returned from a trip to Portland. What a great city! People actually go downtown and walk around. Children play in the parks. No buildings were boarded up. The streets were clean. It was also 95% white. I can’t understand why they keep sending the most liberal people to congress. They just don’t understand what they will lose.”

    Portland’s “socialist” development policies are largely responsible for this.

  • shaunantijihad

    What happened to freedom of association? Where does Marxism end? Forced mixed marriages to stop Whites breeding? Actually yes…

    http://galliawatch.blogspot.com/2008/12/mtissage-now-its-obligation.html

  • Tim Mc Hugh

    “I recently returned from a trip to Portland! What a great city”

    Sounds Delicious!! But Portland Oregon or Portland Maine?!?…

  • Alexandra

    @SickofTheWhiners:

    My husband and I will be celebrating our 18th anniversary tomorrow. And for the entire 18 years we’ve been married, we’ve rented. My husband foresaw all the trouble coming, with the housing bubble, etc., back in the 90s. He’s a smart man.

    With the economy the way it is, you could have a 30-year mortgage, pay on time for 29 years, lose your job–and be foreclosed on and lose everything!

    Not to mention that saving money is a bit hard when so much of your check is taken to support the mooches and freeloaders!

  • Anonymous

    Talking about racism…let’s see. From the desk of Pat Buchanan.

    http://buchanan.org/blog/pjb-a-brief-for-whitey-969

    As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?

    Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

    We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley, the Duke rape case and Jena. And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

    Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.

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    BTW, if you are White and not rich, then try to rent a place where there is NOT mexicans and blacks. WE are the ones who are discriminated against! I have had to live around these people for years and I know the difference in having to live among the blacks and mexicans. Where is MY right to live among my own kind?

  • Anonymous

    17 — shaunantijihad wrote at 4:23 AM on August 26:

    What happened to freedom of association? Where does Marxism end? Forced mixed marriages to stop Whites breeding? Actually yes…

    http://galliawatch.blogspot.com/2008/12/mtissage-now-its-obligation.html

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    Good link….I remember when that moron said that and yet people think he is good for France? The media tries to portray mixed race couplings as the right thing to do. Through persuasion. The time WILL come soon that Whites and Whites only, will be FORCED to breed with nonwhites, especially blacks. This is the evil agenda of our enemy.

    Anybody ever watch Baby Story on TLC? So many black/white couples who have mulatto babies and how “great” that is. Even the White family members are all soooo happy to see their new mulatto “kin”…. Yesterday they had a black woman and a so-called “White” husband who had TRIPLETS and had one mulatto kid already at home…

  • Whiteman

    “Places with those (european) demographics generally don’t understand issues of this sort, because they haven’t experienced them fully. Therefore, they tend to be overwhelmingly liberal”.

    There’s some truth to that, maybe a lot of truth in that, however, large cities tend to be ‘liberal’. Every large city has a democratic mayor. Every large city newspaper and urban school district reads heavily from the black victim/white oppressor script, even as whites are chased and beaten out of these areas. No matter, whites are always the bad guys and people of color their victims. Perhaps this keeps the murder rate down or at least the well-funded interest groups quiet? Perhaps it keeps whites from resisting and on the defensive. Perhaps there’s another reason. Is there a city above 300,000 population that has a republican mayor?

  • OBSERVER

    “Fair Housing Council” The name tells all.

    What was the race of those conducting the survey? Did they even VISIT the apartments?

    If I am free, and if I have private property, I should be free to rent my private property to whom ever I want.

    That is freedom.

  • Lee

    Hmmm, sounds like a great opportunity for these politically correct liberals to go out and buy some investment property and market it to those who are normally “discrimated against”. Let’s see how long your investment lasts.

    Oh yeah, I forgot. It’s much easier to use the government to force your politically correct, socialist agenda than actually risking your money.

  • Anonymous

    1 — Anonymous wrote at 6:04 PM on August 25:

    “I recently returned from a trip to Portland. What a great city! People actually go downtown and walk around. Children play in the parks. No buildings were boarded up. The streets were clean. It was also 95% white. I can’t understand why they keep sending the most liberal people to congress. They just don’t understand what they will lose. ”

    This just goes to show that tourists impressions can’t be trusted for accuracy. You are right however about the naivety of whites up here. They just won’t learn. Portland has a high non-white population, it is just lower than San Francisco or California. Hispanics have long topped the crime stats in Oregon. The town is overwhelmingly liberal, so non-whites continue to stream in. Whites are not yet too intimidated to walk on the streets, but things do happen. Portland has an MLK Boulevard and has a Rosa Parks street as well, which have the highest percent of black neighborhoods. The few I have met however strike me as people who fled from LA and want to live in peace. But the young people are unpredictable. They beat up a white woman at a public transit stop for no reason a couple years ago, but nothing like Philly, Wis, or Chicago has happened yet.

    Oregon and Washington are highly liberal in the urban regions. Women run Washington State and it shows in a many ways. There is periodic black on white violence there. A very small black population in Seattle intimidates the entire city.

  • SKIP

    Probably not as much ‘discrimination’ as there is destruction and unpaid bills left by those same people of color… but there is discrimination against people of color on the part of many of those renting out their homes.

    See the first part of this statement, it CLEARLY explains the second part of this statement.

  • Anonymous

    15 — Capt. Kierkegaard wrote at 10:47 PM on August 25:

    Rajesh;

    “You are wrong about whites mistaking you for black. Whites know full well about East Indians. We have absolutely no problems with you. We know your work ethic. We know your commitment to education and family.

    It isnt about skin color. Its about culture and values.”

    I think the Capt. is a bit off. While most whites have some respect for Indians, we don’t necessarily want them to take over here, come for our jobs, or buy up homes here. And the bottom line of race realists is that we wish to continue to be white people with a white culture,not an Indian one and not have darker and darker skinned babies called whites.

    I think that Indians are fine, in India. Just as Mexicans are fine in Mexico and blacks in Africa, Arabs in their indigenous nations etc. Any nation is doing well to have a non-native population as long as it is small and not a threat to the indigenous population. This is natural in a world of international commerce and cooperation. However, when it become a system of settling foreign groups, America and the West has to acknowledge existentially that the historical epic of settling is past. Overlaying native populations with high numbers of foreign populations can only destroy the nation. Then, the world stability is in danger. You don’t need to be a PhD to understand that.

  • SKIP

    19 — shaunantijihad wrote at 4:23 AM on August 26:

    The link you posted is blocked by the military and civilian contractor sites for your information!! DAMN! Political correctness and the stigma of saying anything ill (meaning the truth) of blacks or muslims is a career killer for military personnel and for civilian contractors and both appear to be nothing more that AA hire programs.

  • SKIP

    21 — Alexandra wrote at 7:15 AM on August 26:

    My wife and I own a nice double wide on the beach of the east coast, we bought it even though we can afford a build home..when asked (or should I say AXED!) why a manufactured home I say, to start with it is a very nice home and also when the time comes, I can burn it and walk away!

  • Anonymous

    You can’t know an area by visiting or by reading the Oregonian- which is called the Fishwrapper here in Oregon.

    If you want to know about Portland and how Diversity Insane it is , you have to read more and live here.

    For instance go to Multnomah county jail inmate log and see all the pictures of Blacks and Mexicans in jail.

    Portland is like Detroit and the suburbs are like Mexico city. Diversity is the main religion of Oregon. People who are white say things like oh Portland is too white.

  • white is right, black is whack

    Liberals and anti-white nonwhites making up lies about “white racism”? Why, I’m shocked. That never ever happens….

  • Crystal

    I wonder how many Blacks and Hispanics showed up to rent using a Section 8 voucher and the landlord refused to rent to them because of that? It is not illegal to refuse to rent to someone on Section 8.