Actually, I don’t. I mean, I LIKE IT. But I don’t LOVE it.
No. We’re not talking about football. ‘Cause I do sorta love football.
I’m talking about basketball. KINDA.

The All-Star weekend was this weekend!
And I missed MOST of it. But I didn’t miss this:
Kevin Hart getting’ schooled by 13 year old Mo’ne Davis at the Celebrity Basketball game.
DAAAAMN son.

It was in New York. And, I don’t know if you know this, but it was DAMN COLD in New York.
I mean…I don’t think it was Boston cold, but JEEZ.
Boston is currently so cold it’s making the news.
But we are NOT talking about Boston having the snowiest month in history.
We’re talking about New York news. HISTORY if you wanna get technical.
BLACK HISTORY if you wanna be exact. And I do. OBVIOUSLY.

Did you know that TODAY in 1951, New York City Council Passes Bill Prohibiting Racial Discrimination in Public Housing Developments? The bill was directed mainly at the Stuyvesant Town housing project, which was a public-private partnership project owned by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and the City of New York.

(Imagine that: An insurance with a history of discrimination dating back to when it was called National Union Life & Limb and was insuring Civil War soldiers AND The City of New York that EVEN TODAY IN 2015 unfairly targets African Americans under the “Stop-and-Frisk” policy* were being discriminating against black folks. Who’da thunk it?).

Managers of the housing development prohibited African American tenants and dispossessed residents who had been active in the campaign to end racial discrimination. Lawsuits were filed on the basis that the project was public- or semi-public, and violated anti-discrimination laws for New York City public housing, which were rarely enforced.

One month later, the Brown-Issacs Bill became law in New York City, making racial discrimination in public housing developments a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine and prison term for the owner of any housing development constructed with public assistance to discriminate on account of race, color, or nationality.

And everybody lived happily ever after.

OR. Maybe 50+ years later on a different coast, in 2003, the Housing Rights Center of Los Angeles filed a housing discrimination case against Donald Sterling on behalf of 18 tenants. The lawsuit featured several racist statements allegedly made by Sterling to employees. While the final terms for the plaintiffs were confidential, the settlement obtained by the plaintiffs against Sterling was one of the largest of its kind and the public benefit terms were significant and wide-ranging.

AND THEN, In 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice then sued Sterling for housing discrimination for using race as a factor in filling some of his apartment buildings. In November 2009, ESPN reported that Sterling agreed to pay a fine of $2.7 million to settle claims brought by the Justice Department that Sterling engaged in discriminatory rental practices against Hispanics, blacks, and families with children.

But I was sorta talking about basketball, wasn’t I?
WELL. My BLACK History FOTD was about New York. And how it’s (still) racist.
But I’m feeling generous, because it’s President’s Day and I’m mad I have to work and y’all don’t
AND I know how some white folks get all riled up because THEY DON’T HAVE A WHITE HISTORY MONTH.
AND since now we have both white AND (one) black Presidents
I’ll also leave you with this White History fact.

In 2014, Donald Sterling became the first white owner of a basketball team who was stripped of his ownership and banned from the NBA fo’ life.
For being a racist who got caught being racist.

Just like that I brought it full circle. Like a basketball.

*Since nobody has developed a sarcasm font, I’m just gonna designate COMIC SANS. Because you can’t be taken seriously AND also use comic sans. You can do one or the other. But not both.

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