Injustice does not belong

Injustice is a big word that is weighted in tragedy for many generations. Discrimination falls in the category of injustice, and Realtors take a firm stance that homeownership should be available to everyone, a position that we proudly advocate for year after year. 

According to the Realtor Code of Ethics, a Realtor has an obligation to treat the public equally regardless of skin color and racial characteristics, religious beliefs, sex, disability, familial status, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender identity. On that basis, a Realtor should not discriminate in the sale or lease of real property that results in disclosure about neighborhood composition, induce panic selling based on discriminatory neighborhood profiles, or print and circulate statements or advertisements that are selective based on discrimination. A Realtor has the same obligation to provide fairness and equal opportunities to all personnel in real estate employment practice, whether management, salespersons, independent contractors or support staff.  

The fight against social and racial injustice has been ongoing for many years. On April 11, 2018, the National Association of Realtors recognized the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, by acknowledging and remembering the struggles encountered along the way. Unfortunately, fair housing is only a piece of the puzzle against racial inequality in America. 

Following the senseless death of George Floyd, our country has come face-to-face with the lasting stain of racial injustice. Our hearts are heavy, and we send our deepest sympathies to the Floyd family and countless others who have fallen victim to the same injustice. We also recommit to doing our part as Realtors to push back on the darkness of racism. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Greater Nashville REALTORS® is committed to advocating for the end of racial injustice in housing and communities. We will not sit silently in the pursuit of equality for all. Our 5,400 members are proud to stand together with all who seek to create positive change and bring healing as we all work together to end injustice. We are stronger together, and we will make changes happen.

More than an app, a Realtor is connected to their community in ways that go far beyond that of a real estate transaction. We stand on the front lines protecting the rights of homeowners and ensuring that everyone can take part in the American Dream of homeownership. I hope that in the coming days, we all join together to end injustice. We are better together.

Kristy Hairston is president of Greater Nashville Realtors. A Realtor is a member of the National Association of Realtors who subscribes to its strict code of ethics. Contact Kristy at 615-254-7516 or president@greaternashvillerealtors.org.

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