A Speech On The Fair Housing Act Essay

790 Words Apr 10th, 2016 4 Pages
On June 6, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave a nationally televised speech where he “urged the nation to take action toward guaranteeing equal treatment of every American regardless of race” (U.S. National Archives 2016). Later that year President Kennedy proposed that Congress consider civil rights legislation that would alleviate the discrimination endured by Blacks in public and government facilities. In 1966 “The Fair Housing Act” was put before Congress, “primarily to address issues of racial discrimination in the rental and sales of housing” (Encyclopædia Britannica Online 2016). Although both acts became laws in 1964 and 1968 respectively it appears that the news never reached Tupelo, Mississippi. And the RV park of Gene Baker. Mr. Baker, operating under Matthew and Emirbayer’s theory of Racial Domination and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s theory of Racial Grammar, evicted Erica Flores Dunahoo and her Husband because he was Black and she was not.
On July 2, 1964 President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “The act outlawed segregation in businesses...banned discriminatory practices in employment and ended segregation in public places such as swimming pools, libraries, and public schools” (U.S. National Archives 2016). First proposed in 1966, the Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) addressed discrimination in the rental and sales of housing. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr “on April 4, 1968, President…

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