Let's get one thing straight: Housing discrimination is illegal, unethical and just plain wrong.Apart from some very narrow exceptions, fair housing laws make clear that it's illegal to deny anyone a fair and equal opportunity to buy or rent a home or obtain a mortgage on the basis of his or her race, religion or other protected characteristics. But unfortunately, neither the illegality nor the immorality of such discrimination has put a stop to it.Before the enactment of fair housing laws, housing discrimination was often overt and open since, after all, it wasn't illegal. My grandmother, before her death in July -- just two months shy of her 100th birthday -- often recalled that she and my grandfather had been discriminated against some 80 years ago when they'd tried to rent an apartment...
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