This Is Our Time
The horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have sparked peaceful protests and tragic expressions of destruction in Chicago and around the country. What’s clear is that America’s history of systemic racist housing discrimination is one of the foundational causes of the racial inequality and injustice that has brought us all to this moment.
And let’s face it, Realtors® played a major role in creating and supporting the historical redlining, restrictive covenants, racial steering, and exclusionary zoning that reduced the housing choice and hindered the upward mobility of generations of Black Americans. These housing and wealth inequalities are a direct result of the unconstitutional federal housing policies that thrived prior to the passage of The Fair Housing Act in 1968 and racial bias that continues to this day.
Acknowledging and addressing these past and present injustices can be uncomfortable but is so needed to heal and move forward.
At Best Chicago Properties we acknowledge these truths and unequivocally stand against systemic racism in all its forms. We recognize the significant role we have as Realtors® in enabling a future of racial equality in Chicago.
Embracing A Future Free From Discrimination
We fully embrace a future free from discrimination.
For us this begins with embracing The Fair Housing Act and not tolerating any sort of discrimination.
This includes discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable military discharge, source of income and order of protection status for victims of domestic violence.
But this alone is not enough.
We will proactively and consistently educate ourselves about our own unconscious racial and other biases and face and embrace change. And we will continue to promote a positive culture of equality, authenticity and love. Moreover, we will continue to support those who strive to achieve our common goal of equality and justice for all people.
Because We’re All In This Together
As Chicagoans and Americans, we’re all in this together. This is our time. This is our responsibility. As American citizens and human beings.