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Fair Housing not in My Community

Incidents among people because of different races have always been very common in the history of this world, and it is still a worrying trend. There are numerous cases reporting severe accidents and riots around the world and the reason being was just race difference, and most these cases involved blacks. Minorities all around the globe have been treated unfairly since the inception and even today people are being discriminated just because they belong to a particular minority prevailing in every country.

A Supreme Court declaration in the last week had to remind the local and the state governments,  that in accordance with the Fair Housing Act 1968, they are prohibited from spending funds for federal housing in numerous ways that encourage racial segregation. This has been a practice in different communities across the country for decades. Instead of providing subsidized housing in ethnically incorporated areas that offer minority blacks entry to the right schools and jobs, the local government has intensified ethnic segregation.

Justice Anthony Kennedy conveyed this message in the favor of the majority, stating that the legislation also permits claimants to challenge any unfair housing policies relating to discrimination – without any proof or support that discrimination was intentional. He tracks this problem’s relation to ethnic segregation to the mid-20th century. When restraining conditions and government funded mortgage inequity destabilizes black wealth establishment, increased ghettoization and pushed back black families in the urban communities that were sabotaged in the 1960s. Congress hoped to put an end to such discriminative patterns by introducing Fair Housing Act, which required the local government to spend federal money to fair housing schemes. But for years, the local, federal and state government failed to achieve the objective.

Black minority discrimination has been in the news since a very long time and now the fight has reached to one of the favorite social networks Twitter. Tristan Walker, a well-known black businessman in Silicon Valley was surprised and shocked to see that BET Awards were all over his feeds despite the fact that the Black Entertainment Television program had also secured several slots on the list of trending topics on Twitter. He was surprised because the event wasn’t getting the kind of appreciation Twitter has given to other programs like Oscar, Grammys or the Country Music Awards. Finally, he tweeted “The company should pay attention”, regenerating a discussion about being deficient in diversity in technology.

Walker says Twitter being a favorite social network could do more about this if the company just paid more attention to all the potential activities and events relating to black communities on its network. In accordance to a 2014 Pew Research centre study, up to 40% of blacks aging from 18 to 29 are using the internet and are live Twitter users compared to just 28% of white users in the same segment. But only 2% of the workforce comprises of blacks by company’s diversity stats. “Why aren’t such platforms accepting this demographic group hell a lot of more? Walker asks, to which Twitter declined the comment.