Anti-Black Housing Discrimination Is Alive & Well in Orange County?

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Sometimes the 1950s black and white past becomes apparent in grotesque 2013 color
The owners of a City of Orange apartment complex who allegedly refused to rent a unit based on an African American woman's race have agreed to pay damages of $60,000 in a pre-trial consent decree approved this week by a federal judge.

Plaintiff Barbara Johnson answered a June 2011 Craigslist ad for an available $1,280, two-bedroom unit near the pool at the Orange Plaza Apartments. The ad specifically noted that "section 8" government voucher recipients, like Johnson, were welcomed. But management told her after meeting face to face that they'd changed their policy and no longer accepted such voucher recipients as tenants.

Three days after her rejection, Johnson noticed that the complex management had placed a new ad for the unit and, like the previous ad, stated that "section 8" recipients were welcomed.

Johnson contacted the Fair Housing Council of Orange County (FHCOC), where officials sent two "fair housing testers posing as prospective tenants."

According to the lawsuit, the first tester, an African American woman, visited the same manager who rejected Johnson, sought a two-bedroom unit and was told there were no available rentals.

Minutes later, a second tester--this one a white woman--visited the same manager, who--voila!--had a two-bedroom unit immediately available, according to the lawsuit.

Days later, the manager, who'd collected contact information from both testers, called only the white tester to say she enjoyed their meeting and to see if she was still interested in the apartment.

In August 2012, lawyers Christopher Brancart and Elizabeth Brancart filed the lawsuit for FHCOC and Johnson against Orange Plaza Apartments, owners Malcolm Jerome Winer and Maxine Winer as well as manager Karen Smith.

(Malcolm Winer is a longtime donor to the conservative, Tea Party-tilting Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, according to state campaign finance records.)

The Oct. 8 "consent decree and final order" approved by U.S. District Court Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell in Los Angeles noted that the defendants denied all the allegations but agreed to settle the case "to avoid further litigation."

In addition to paying $60,000 to the plaintiffs, the defendants have agreed to obey all housing laws, post a federal fair housing law notice in "conspicuous" locations as well as attend fair housing training sessions once a year for two years.

It's been illegal to discriminate against African Americans in housing since President Lyndon Baines Johnson's Fair Housing Act in 1968.

Orange County, the heart of California's political conservatism for decades, embarrassed itself when an elected Republican Party official celebrated Barack Obama's 2008 presidential victory by sending out images of the White House surrounded by a watermelon field.

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The 2011 Republican cartoon calling the president a monkey
In 2011, the OC Weekly broke news that another Orange County Republican official, this one in Fullerton, sent emails containing an image of Obama sitting with his imaginary parents, two chimpanzees, in a family portrait.

Yet another local Republican activist, Soviet-born dentist Orly Taitz, continues to lead a national campaign that claims Obama is a secretly-trained socialist infiltrator who was born in Africa and, thus, occupies the White House illegally.

And who could forget that a bartender in Corona del Mar handed a regular customer, an African American business executive, receipts that called him "McStinkyNigger," "McNigShit" and "McCottonwood."

Less than two percent of Orange County's 3.1 million population is African American.

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Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

I agree Edxon ! However this douche "Marc" takes it to another level ! Honestly I don't give 2 shits about the article , but he's making ridiculous claims without backing them up ! He claimed that republicans are closet racist !!! I asked his dumb ass to prove it! Of course he can't ! I'm thing republicans are equivalent to dog shit , but to make that claim is purely ridiculous ! Then I provided irrefutable evidence that the democrats were against freeing the slavey , they started the KKK ! And if anybody voted for Obama because he was black is racist ! Yet this mindless simpleton is incapable of comprehending that !

Bill Cunningham Jr.
Bill Cunningham Jr.

I grew up in a segregated community in Illinois. No one ever sold their home to those of color. "They" were "kept" North of River Street. I was always confused. We were together in school where I saw black or white acting kindly to each other, or being total jerks.

Edxon Gonzalez
Edxon Gonzalez

Blacks smoke crack whites snort coke Mexicans and white trash smoke crystal meth Asians do homework who cares, shut up... Let it be... Racism is a much a part of life a bread and water and some things will never change just make the best of it and crack some jokes might as well get a laugh out of it.

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

I'm not a republican , why do I care what Reagan says ??? Why not address the democrats opposing slavery ! Let me guess they weren't really democrats ? You're a pathetic old man ! Nothing but a joke ! Typical .. You fail yet again to refute the facts! Lets break them down one more time so your feeble brain can comprehend ! Fact . Democrats supported slavey ! They opposed to end slavey ! 2nd it was the democrats that started the KKK ! Yet you want to argue its the republicans now ! 3rd the federal reserves is a private bank that has no constructional authority whatsoever ! 4th ... You can't speak for a whole party and claim "democrats aren't racist" that's the dumbest argument in the world ! 5th Obama is a complete failure ! Obama has us in more unconstitutional wars then bush ever did ! Lets count Shall we : Obama promised to withdraw all the troops by 2009 , he kept them in Iraq till 2012 ! He lied to the American people ! Here's the part where your uneducated ass makes the foolish claim " the republicans stopped Obama from withdrawing the troops " If you even regurgitate that nonsense , you're a fucking moron ! The president has absolute power to withdraw troops at any given time ! Nobody can stop him ! However the president needs authorization under article 1 section 8 to go to war ! Congress must approve it ! Also Obama continues the unconstitutional wars in Afghanistan , Yemen , Pakistan, Libya , and know he wants to use forces in Syria to aid Al Qaida ! Oh that's right .... I forgot who I'm talking too! A libtard .... You will say something like " Obama has approval because the wars resolution act .... I hope you say that .... Please .... Give me that argument ... So I can expose your incompetent ass!

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

"Libtard" That's rich, you anal fissure. So, the empirical evidence of Republican endorsement of institutional racism is presented, and you retort "I don't give a damn about Reagan!" You're (you are) as phony as your Facebook name. LOL, it's been fun arguing with a crazy person. Enjoy the rest if your evening.

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

To address you illogical question " what kind of fucked up logic leads on to believe that democrats are revisit for voting in their party representative for president ! You must be a special kind of stupid !! I've meant soooo many former Obama supporters who said they voted for him because he is black ! Guess what dumb shit !!! That's racist !!!! Voting for someone or against someone based off color is 100% racist , however you chose to be selective because its in your favor! But the reality is about 80 of Obama supporter are fucking border line retarded to vote for such a man ! 1st I knew about Obama back in 2006 and 2007 before he even run for president ! Because Obama was support HR1955, FISA bill , the global poverty act , all unconstitutional ! All of them violated our civil rights ! When he was a senator ! Yet naive mindless , simpletons like yourself believing his talking points , cheering for his stupid slogans like "change" and hope" Answer me this, name one thing Obama has done to create jobs ??????? I'll let you google that one ! Might talk to all night ! Let me guess ? It's bushes fault and anyone who criticizes Obama is a racist right ? Typical libtard!

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

To say that "dems of today are not racist " is the dumbest statement ever ! You can't speak for a whole party you dip shit ! I don't give a flying fuck about Reagan ! So bringing him up means nothing ! Most likely we would agree on him being a horrible president as well ! You're completely delusional to fall for the democrats vs republicans paradigm ! You watch way to much MSNBC and fox new ! Why not educate yourself ! Read a book ! Understand that this country is controlled by the bankers not a political party ! You fucking tool ! I bet you agree with Obama on Syria right ? It's amazing how stupid liberals are ! There's a reason why you guys are the laughing stock of the political platform ! There's a reason why you libtard have the lowest rating on TV ! There's a reason why Keith Olbermann got fired ! There's a reason why piece Morgan got fired! There a reason why Chris Matthews is going to get cancelled ! No body takes liberals seriously ! You're a joke ! Your ideology is pathetic ! The new deal was a complete failure ! Prolong the depression ! Woodrow Wilson by far the worst president in USA completely destroyed our counties sovereignty. By passing the unconstitutional fed reserve act of 1913 ! Which I'm 100% sure you know nothing about without goggling it !

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Refute what? Are you kidding? Reagan's famous "state's rights" speech was all about institutional racism. It was freaking at the Nebosha County Fair. Look it up, history buff.

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

"Not you are". Really, anal sweat? You're is a contraction of you are. Holy fucking batshit, you are cRaZy. Those Dems that switched are no longer dems. And, that was a long time ago; dems of today are not racist. What kind of fucked up logic leads on to believe that Democrats are revisit for voting in their party representative for president who happens to be half-black? Seriously? Wow!

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

The facts that are presented in front of your face ! Typical libtard ! You're Oblivious to common sense ! You made a claim ! Republicans are closet racist ! Yet you fail to show proof ! I provided facts that prove other wise , yet you can't refute it , you just criticize me .. Lol ... You're a douche ! =)

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

Also explain to me about the democrats stopping Lincoln !! Let me guess ? Bushes fault !

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

And the republicans today are not republican whatsoever ! There called neocons !

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

It's you're dumb ass ! Not you are ! You might want to use correct grammar before commenting on someone else's ! Typical douche

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Refute the facts? Did you attend college?

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Rainbow: nice command of basic English. LOL And, Southern Democrats, asswipe, democrats that changed party affiliation to the Republican Party long ago. If you are a history expert, as you claim, you surely would know some minor details such as that. LOL

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

I'm not defending the republicans at all! I think there dog shit ! However let me point out the facts , because I'm a history expert , I attained the Cato institute ! 1st off mark it was the democrats that were completely against freeing the slaves , that's empirical fact ! They tried there hardest to stop Lincoln ! Also this one is the icing on the cake "the KKK was founded by the Democratic Party !!!!! Albert pike ring a bell? The irony ! So STFU will republicans are closet racist ! People who voted for Obama because he's black guess what ? That's racist ! So history proves that The democrats wanted to continue the oppression of blacks ! Flight tooth and nail to stop it ! Democrats also started the most racist organization in Americans history KKK Democrats voted for a president based on the color of his skin "racist" Yet you regurgitate that the republicans are racist ? Prove it ! Show me ! Provide me with the links ! Here's the part where you defeated ass , starts to insult me. Because you can't refute the facts

Holly Clark
Holly Clark

Wow Marc really now I think ur joking around and ur really just a black guy? This has to be a joke ok lol i get it ha ha

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Seriously, Racist Holly, at what point when "reading" the article, did you feel that the White Man needed to be defended?

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

I may be an idiot in your opinion, but as you can probably tell, I find your opinions to be worthless.

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Ah the truth starts to come out. "defend my own".

Holly Clark
Holly Clark

Anthony it was actually a black guy.

Holly Clark
Holly Clark

I didnt know people were going to comment...I dont have to defend shit I don't care what you say.....Ur an idiot. Your one of those White guys who never defend their own - I hope a black guy beats your dumb ass!

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

Christian ? Nope ! End the fed ! You seriously don't want to go there with me ! I'm the epitome of brilliance in this subject ! You absolutely have idea what the fed is really about if you're Mocking it ! Let me guess Marc ? The fed was created to stabilize the economy ? What constitutional authority does the fed have ? Oh can't wait to hear this !!! Please I beg u to use the 16th amendment as your argument ! Guess who I saw last week ? Guess who walked up to me and was so fascinated by my knowledge on the subject bought me and a table around me drinks ? Edward griffin ! Yea ... The day you can have a brilliant minded number # 1 seller best author like Edward griffin Admire you , the day you have merit ! To even criticize a libertarian demonstrates your stupidity to the fullest ! As if any libtard is capable of being at our level ! Never happened ! Never will! I bet you voted for Obama ? Loser ! Go read the creator from Jekyll island understand the fed and it real purpose ! You personify ignorance at it finest ! Also it seems like 12 people on this post hate you , typical ! And labeling people " Christian " which I'm not ! As if that was a bad thing ? Oh no !! He's a Christian !!! So what ! You liberals are a joke ! You get on bush , yet Obama has done more , and put us in a more difficult economic situation then bush, yet I'm sure you , just like Obama will blame those damn republicans ! Both parties are a disgrace , both parties support unconstitutional wars! Both parties supported QE1 and QE 2 .

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Hey, bigot. Did you read the article? It appears that the owner's admitted wrong and settled. So, what's this garbage about being able to do what one wants? See, that's the language that Republicans use, but we all know what it's about. It's about being able to discriminate legally.

Patrick Goldberg
Patrick Goldberg

Fuck you. Whats the proper politically correct term then?

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

"them"? You are a fucking bigot. Piece of Shit.

Patrick Goldberg
Patrick Goldberg

Yeah because when an abundance of them move in property value doesn't lower and crime rates don't go up at all. Shame on these bigots! It hurts my yuppie liberal heart!

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Republicans are, by and large, closet racists. Look at the Supreme Court and their reversal of key parts of the Voting Rights Act. Then, look what happened in North Carolina. If Republicans voted to abolish the fair housing act, what do you think would be the reaction? As "Christian, 'end the Fed', libertarian" rainbow knows, without this act, the lady who was discriminated against would have no recourse. THAT is really what all of these republicans want. You can deny it, but we all know the truth.

Jesse Robinson
Jesse Robinson

I love how the story fishtails off into how horribly racist and bad republicans are....as if the smear has ANYTHING to do with the story at hand. More propaganda for you Ricky

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Rainbow: let's see, you are a bible-loving "end the Fed" know-it-all that doesn't know sh*t. Jump to conclusions? Like you did wrt collectivism? You jumped in to give me crap because I called out your friend Holly, who couldn't defend herself, so she got several of her friends to jump on here and talk a bunch of crap. You know why? Because, asshole, when a person comments on an article about a black person being denied services, and their comment is a justification or a minimization of the issue, they are showing bigoted, ignorant tendencies. You can say all you want to say that isn't true, but seeing that you are a "Christian" "end the Fed" "libertarian" who thinks he is smarter than everyone else, I'll just point and laugh. Laugh, because your views are fucked up, and because you can't be honest with me or anyone else, because you can't even be honest with yourself. LOL

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

I understand completely .... To bad people like you jump to conclusions ! Typical ... Pass judgement on people and issues you know nothing about !

Michael Mastagni
Michael Mastagni

Wishing that woman well...she deserved that home. Landlord deserves whatever crap comes their way as a result of their bigotry.

Karin Ahlf
Karin Ahlf

"Fairview Nature Park" wrote, "Are you trying to stir up political trouble in OC when there is none. Sounds like you just want to make trouble for the community? That is your agenda." "when there is none"???? Are you flippin serious??? Who are you?- Steve Mensinger? You sound just like him.

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

LOL. That's okay that you don't understand. You're too funny.

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

No the issue is you fucktard ! you insinuated that holly was a racist ! I can give 2 shits about the article ! Here's where your illogical argument fails ! You speak on a hypothetical situation, making a claim that black people CAN'T be racist just as much as whites ! holly made a suggestion , you have a right to disagree with it ! However under no circumstances do you have any right to call her a racist ! You don't know HER ! Making That claim my friend , makes you stupid , judgmental, pathetic person ! It's not like holly said "I would never rent to a black person , she was making a claim , a hypothetical statement , I guess that somehow makes one a racist ? You can't assume she's racist by a comment , however I can make the claim that she is not racist , why ? Because I've know her for 13 years You speak of pure nonsense ... You have no legitimate argument ... You said an I quote " it is society who declares what is ignorant and what is not ... You can disagree , but then , you'd be wrong ! Your words not mine ! You claim people should not discriminate , which I agree" however you're doing worse ! You're judging someone without merit ! Hence completely contradicting your whole argument ..

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Rainbow: really? Are you that stupid?!?! Influence? No, I said determine, similar to how society determines what is obscene... You keep obfuscating the issue, perhaps because it is you who can't thoughtfully craft your arguments. The original issue is Holly's comment regarding some hypothetical claim that the same would somehow happen to white people in a black neighborhood; I suppose to justify it?!?! She claims to know people "who do this", is "this" the denial of rentals or services to black people? There are always a few people who jump on these comment threads and attempt to justify the actions if the perpetrators based on some ill-thought out idea that it is somehow equal. Those people have ignorant ideas, and it is society that decides that. Do you not understand the arguments? Have any of you read the article?

Rainbow Bagodonuts
Rainbow Bagodonuts

Society doesn't dictate human behavior ! That's plain idiotic ! Every single one of my friends drink! I go to clubs and concerts all the time being around alcohol , I never ever drink !!!!!!! Never ! I have a moral standard to uphold ! I live a completely straight edge life style ! Nobody influences me , or how I think .. If society influences you ! You're completely weak minded and just pathetic ! Just because people seen , witness , or even know racist people doesn't make them racist ! Truth is truth even if no one believes it ! A lie is lie even if everybody believes it ! A majority of people could make the claim "that ignorant " doesn't make it so !

Terrance Walker
Terrance Walker

Racism is alive in every race and has been ever since god dispersed man across the earth. It is taught and passed down by ignorant people with an underlying fear and inferiority complex they haven't come to fully understand. We all breathe oxygen and bleed red. If every racist were to instantly become blind, they'd still find another reason to hate not based on color. They'd pick another stereotype already engrained in them to bitch about.

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

You obviously haven't read the article, Barry. Credit had nothing to do with this incident. A little hidden racism? And, the people who get all butt-hurt about someone calling their ignorant comments, take a good look at your views. It is society who declares what is ignorant and what is not. You can disagree, but then, you'd be wrong.

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