Back in the 50's and the 60's it was commonplace for those who rented out rooms to openly discriminate against those whom they did not wish to rent their rooms to, eg "No Irish" would be added to some room for rent adverts.
Move forward many decades and such blatant discrimination is both illegal and would be, quite rightly, frowned upon.
So everything is now hunky dory then?
Not quite, for you see there seems to have been a reversal whereby the anti discrimination rules are being flouted by certain landlords.
The BBC reports the following:
"Today overt racial discrimination is both illegal and socially unacceptable.I wonder whether Nanny will intervene to put a stop to this?
But it is now possible to find advertisements seeking tenants for rented accommodation which specify race, or other characteristics, in a way which some experts believe breaks the law.
Newsagents in different areas of London carry adverts saying:
- "Double bedroom available… Asian only"
- "Double room to let Gujarati (Indian) only"
- Close to the station and bus stops (Filipino only)
- "Professional single lady or Sri Lanka professional couple"
- "House for rent… only Asian families""
Even if Nanny attempted to prosecute these people for discrimination, she would fail in the long run.
People can simply get around the law by placing an advert on a site catering for their own group, eg students, Indians or feminists. They can put a notice up in a foreign language, thus excluding anyone who eg can't read Hebrew, Bengali or Polish.
Failing that, they can also simply wait for the responses and filter applicants.
Nanny has yet to learn that you cannot legislate against private hypocrisy and innate/silent prejudice, she can only legislate against blatant and open/vocal prejudice/hatred. The innate/silent prejudice will only be overcome when people learn to live together and recognise/respect each others' shortcomings and strengths.
Sadly we may have to evolve into higher beings, free of religious, racial and sexual tribalism, before that becomes commonplace!
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