DAAR Stands United with Business Community Against Racially Divisive Fliers
In response to recent fliers and messages again distributed within the community this month as reported here, the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® signed on to a joint business community statement to take a stand against these acts and in united steadfast commitment to equality and respect for all.
“These fliers contain extremely disturbing messages in an attempt to intimidate our neighbors and disrupt our community,” said Holly Weatherwax, President, DAAR. “DAAR is proud that the REALTOR® Code of Ethics distinguishes our members and encourages respect and fairness among REALTORS® and the consumers they serve. Attempts to authorize and encourage discrimination under any circumstance is ethically wrong and wholly inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.”
In less than two months, it will be the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. As part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, this legislation prohibits discrimination during the sale, rental, advertising or financing of housing. This coming milestone marks the long journey toward granting individuals the right to shelter, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or disability.
“As we look ahead to commemorating this historic piece of legislation, DAAR denounces these messages, as reprehensible and as having no place in our society” added Weatherwax.