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HUD Files First Charge Under Racial Law

June 30, 1989|From United Press International

WASHINGTON — Acting for the first time under new authority given it by last year's fair housing law, the Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a racial discrimination charge Thursday against a Little Rock, Ark., real estate agent and homeowner.

In the past, HUD generally could not take parties to court over charges of racial discrimination in the selling or renting of a home.

"This is a landmark in civil rights enforcement," HUD Secretary Jack Kemp said, because the alleged victim of the discrimination--Melvin White--"is the first American to have his government stand up for him in court under the new fair housing law."

White, in a complaint filed with HUD, charged that he was denied the opportunity to rent a house in Little Rock because he is black.

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