Long Island divided: An investigation into real estate discrimination

Source: Ann Choi, Bill Dedman, Keith Herbert, Olivia Winslow & Arthur Browne, Newsday

In one of the most concentrated investigations of discrimination by real estate agents in the half century since enactment of America’s landmark fair housing law, Newsday found evidence of widespread separate and unequal treatment of minority potential homebuyers and minority communities on Long Island.

The three-year probe strongly indicates that house hunting in one of the nation’s most segregated suburbs poses substantial risks of discrimination, with black buyers chancing disadvantages almost half the time they enlist brokers.  Additionally, the investigation reveals that Long Island’s dominant residential brokering firms help solidify racial separations.

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