The Obama Administration is at it again, using the unelected bureaucracy to tell Americans they are not as free as they think they are. This time, they’re telling landlords that they could be prosecuted for racial discrimination if they don’t rent to criminals.
The Daily Caller reports:
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 overbroad criminal history-related bans are likely to lack a legally sufficient justification.”
Let’s face it. Landlords not wanting to rent their properties to known criminals is perfectly understandable and reasonable. While many Christian ministries help house criminals, rehabilitate, and get back on their feet, this is not the function of landlords.
Does anyone else notice the irony here, that President Obama is trying to prevent racism by equating criminality with race.
You just can’t make this stuff up.