Would the following situation fall under the definition of Housing Discrimination
I recently had a conversation with a distraught friend who resides in "active senior living" apartment
complex that receives federal funding via voucher programs.
Throughout the year, management arranges various holiday and other celebrations for its residence. However, despite the number of African-American residents, management continuously fails to acknowledge, honor nor celebrate MLK Day or Black History Month.
This issue has been a sore spot for many African-American residents who view the elaborate celebratory decorations, food and dancing for such holidays as Cinco De Mayo, St. Patrick's Day, Forth of July and Christmas, to name a few.
There are weekly history classes held every Wednesday in their clubhouse without any effort to hold classes in February related to Black History Month. The office celebrates MLK Day as a day off so they clubhouse area is closed on this most significant day for members of the African-American community.
Many of the residents feel slighted and are reluctant to partake in the activities held in the clubhouse, especially the heritage celebrations. They question how management can accept their federally-issued voucher, honor it as a paid holiday (unconfirmed) for staff yet no visible recognition of MLK Day nor the entire 28/29 days of Black History Month.
As seniors, these concerns are discussed quietly, behind closed doors for fear of losing their federally-assistant housing
As seniors, they have witnessed and personally suffered through much racism and discrimination for decades and have learned to suffer in silence.
Do they not have the right to honor the strides they've also witnessed?