Black People : Linguistic Profiling

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  1. Destee

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    'Linguistic Profiling' of Katrina Survivors

    By Lorinda M. Bullock, NNPA National Correspondent
    August 7, 2006

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) A study of five states done by the National Fair Housing Alliance and linguistics expert John Baugh revealed in 66 percent of phone tests administered by White and Black testers inquiring about housing as Katrina survivors, "White callers were favored over African-American callers," the report said.

    "Yes, people do use the telephone as a screening device in many, many businesses," said Shanna Smith, president and CEO of the Washington-based NFHA, said the organization's report on "Housing Discrimination Against Hurricane Katrina Survivors" showed repeated bias in a number of areas, including Black testers not getting return phone calls, and being quoted higher rent prices and security deposits.

    "In Birmingham, a White tester was told that a $150 security deposit and $25 per adult application fee would be waived for her as a Hurricane Katrina victim. She was also told she needed to make 2.5 times the rent to qualify for the apartment. The African-American tester was told that she would have to pay $150 for the security deposit and a $25 application fee for each applicant. The African-American hurricane survivor was also told that she would have to make three times the rent to qualify for the apartment," the report stated.

    The testing took place in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas, and showed instances of White testers being offered free televisions and partially refunded security deposits. But those offers were not extended to Black testers, who were often saddled with additional administrative fees that were non-refundable.

    "It's a different kind of behavior in discrimination from the 70s until now where they would just simply say we don't have anything available. Now they try not to trigger suspicion so they may say when do you need it or I won't know until the end of the month, when in fact, they may have three or four apartments available right now. But if you're the caller that sounds reasonable," Smith said.

    If people feel they are getting different treatment, Smith suggested they can call one of the 100 fair housing centers in the country or the national office in Washington. The fair housing centers can have a White tester call in as little as 30 minutes and will compare the results. Both Smith and Baugh suggest keeping detailed notes of the experience.

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    Thanx 4 sharing this My Queen !!!!:hi:
    I'll be watching 2 c if the Obama team tackles these matters.
     
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