Housing discrimination, though illegal, just won't go away. Whites still discriminate against blacks, but that isn't the only problem in multicultural Southern California. According to fair-housing officials, Asian, Latino and white immigrant landlords sometimes exclude would-be renters on the basis of race or ethnicity.
Laws prohibit such prejudice, and the Clinton Administration is promising stronger enforcement. Henry G. Cisneros, the new head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, recently vowed to "upgrade and expand" HUD's efforts to uncover housing discrimination.