Left-wing cultural pollution is risen to the level of the absurd, as our readers know, but it is also now at the level of dangerous.
Marxist ‘criminal justice’ policies in big cities have created nightmare scenarios where legitimate criminal activity is being ignored by George Soros-installed district attorneys and prosecutors, leading to more criminal activity and making life miserable and violent for residents (who, for some reason, continue voting for the same lunatics who adopt these policies).
But now the cultural rot is seeping into the mainstream too, as indicated by new policies adopted by real estate platforms Redfin and Realtor.com, as Legal Insurrection reports:
When searching for a home to rent or buy, the two top priorities for most people beyond the affordability of the house is whether or not it is in a safe neighborhood and whether or not it is close to good schools.
With violent crime on the rise in big cities across America over the last 18 months or so, one would think that real estate listing websites would be ramping up their efforts to give prospective renters/homebuyers all the available information they needed on crime stats for the area(s) they’re looking to move to so they can be better informed before they make a decision to put in an application or make an offer.
But that’s not the case for two of the top real estate search engines in the country.
In a post this week titled, “An Invitation to the Industry: Address Fair Housing Together,” Realtor.com CEO David Doctorow got all “woke” and lectured about “the challenges” that minority communities allegedly face when it comes to the buying and selling of homes — this, despite all of the federal, state, and local fair housing laws and statutes that have existed for decades.
After he said he ‘collaborated’ with “fair housing” proponents (don’t the vast majority of Americans support fair housing? Of course we do), the CEO noted that one thing he’s done on his platform is to ditch crime data from Realtor.com search engines…because ‘racism’ or something:
For example, earlier this month, we removed the crime map layer from all search results on Realtor.com to rethink the safety information we share on Realtor.com and how we can best integrate it as part of a consumer’s home search experience.
He went on to say that one area real estate firms could “shine a light on inequity and promote fairness” was in “rethinking” how neighborhoods are characterized:
Rethinking how we characterize neighborhoods. Historically, our industry has rated neighborhoods using metrics that unfairly penalize communities of color. We can all do a better job explaining the facts in a way that does not unfairly penalize neighborhoods, towns and cities.
In the weeks and months ahead, we plan to examine closely what neighborhood safety means for buyers and renters who use our site so we can reimagine how we integrate safety data on Realtor.com. Our goal is to ensure we are providing consumers with the most valuable, fair and accurate neighborhood data so they can make informed decisions about where they want to rent or purchase their next home.
Suspiciously (not), on the same day, Redfin chief growth officer Christian Taubman announced that while the platform once considered adding the very important crime data, that won’t happen now because…racism or something: “[T]here’s too great a risk of this [crime data] inaccuracy reinforcing racial bias.”
We recently decided not to add neighborhood crime data to Redfin.com. We were considering this because we’re very much focused on answering all the questions people have when they’re considering a home purchase, and we know that one of these questions is whether they’ll feel safe in a given home or neighborhood. But the data available don’t allow us to speak accurately to that question, and given the long history of redlining and racist housing covenants in the United States there’s too great a risk of this inaccuracy reinforcing racial bias.
Question: How many decades after redlining was no longer common can we stop saying things like “given the long history of redlining and racist housing covenants”?
Asking for a country.
Also: Are Taubman and Doctorow going to pick up the loss in property value for anyone who uses their platforms to buy a house only to discover it’s located in the heart of a city’s ‘crime district’ and they can’t recoup their investment?
Asking for future homebuyer victims.
Here’s a clue. Racism in America will only stop being a problem when woke gaslighters and left-wing cultural agitators stop pretending that it is.