Sunday, August 06, 2006

 

Discrimination on Craigslist

Travis brought this to my attention.

An Apt for Rent in Washington, D.C. They appear to be a little picky about their target audience. Check it out here.

Pay special attention to the section that reads:

I'd like to rent the lower level suite to a mellow, clean, mature, relatively quiet, liberal, reasonable and kind person, male or female.


As Travis pointed out to me, he thought they had a non-discrimination policy.

I guess some discrimination is allowed, or rather some types of discrimination are more 'discriminatory' than others.

Check out Craigslist's info on the Fair Housing Act.

Comments:
It looks like the inconsistancy derives from the FHA, since "political affiliation" isn't a protected category.
 
It is the same with workplace harassment. There are protected classes making some types of harassment lawful and unlawful. It is a nice perversion.
 
I personally don't have a problem with it, but people on Craigslist who are looking for roommates post gender preferences all the time. Is that so wrong? Certainly, though, if stating a gender preference is wrong, then stating a political preference should be ruled out.

Mind-blowing.

Then I started to wonder if this person (the poster) could imagine someone who was "mellow, clean, mature, relatively quiet, reasonable and kind" and NOT LIBERAL. What a concept! I thought I would be a good fit before I read the L word.
 
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I'm sure that the poster could not imagine someone who is "mellow, clean, mature, relatively quiet, reasonable and kind" but NOT a liberal.

Case in point: A friend of mine brought her date to my house last weekend. Very nice (but liberal) guy. After seeing our signed picture of Jesse Helms (that we keep in the study mostly as a joke) he exclaimed: I never would have guessed that you're conservative! Apparently it was difficult to conceive of nice, hospitable, cool, young people who are also conservative.
 
Everyone has to agree to never tell Jenna that she's not that nice or cool. Deal?
 
Jenna told me I was mean for saying that, but then I told her I was just kidding. I was totally lying, though.
 
I didn't want it to come to this, but I have no choice.

Travis is a loser. Pass it on.
 
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