Would you rent your property to a black person?

In a recent episode of “Inside Out” broadcast on the BBC on Monday the 14th of October 2013, it was discovered the some Letting Agents were actively discriminating against black tenants.

What staggers me is certain sections of the media, in their outrage, are acting like covert racism is a new problem.

In the past, I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve rung up to view a flat, only to find when I’ve arrived for a viewing twenty minutes later to be told the property is no longer available.

Racism is still alive and kicking.

To assume otherwise is frankly naive, and misguided.

On the other hand, my current landlord clearly doesn’t care what colour I am. We’ve spoken on the phone many times, but never met.

I pay my rent on time, he is content.

There is no place in today’s society for racism of any kind.

Problem is nowadays, in many cases, racism is a little more subtle.

I hope in my lifetime that we get to a stage where colour doesn’t matter.

We are all simply human beings, after all.

I doubt we’ll get there, but you have to have a little hope….

Copyright © Mark A. McPherson 2013.

All Rights Reserved.

2 comments

  1. Richard Newell

    There was a interesting part on a show called “the revolution will be televised” they got people of different creeds to read out the same line but talking to different people the line was ” I want to live where people like me do. And I wish that where I lived had less (enter the religious church of opposite person). What they found is that more than 78% of people agreed that it was a recist comment apart from when some one of a african or Asian decent said it. Now to me that just shows how many people realise they are being racist and try to compensate only to cause it to be more obvious.

    • markamcpherson

      Hi Richard,
      I think that despite what we are being told, racism is still alive and kicking – people just hide it better.
      Granted, we’ve seen the end of situations where black people were dismissed to the back of the bus, or barred from a range of establishments, but we can’t afford to be complacent.
      I look forward to the time when all people are considered valuable members of society, regardless of gender, sexuality, race or religion.
      Optimistic, but have to have something to hope for….
      Mark.

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