Re: Racial problem…God, Anybody, Help Me! - Posted by JPiper
Posted by JPiper on October 23, 2000 at 20:27:55:
Your property manager has not offered a ?real solution?. Your property manager has simply come up with a solution that enables him to violate federal law. The ONLY solution here is to comply with federal law?that?s what is called ?win-win? in this case.
I can understand that a ?messy lawsuit? might be an embarrassment to well-known members of your town. YOU might not like the publicity. But let me remind you that federal law does not permit discrimination on the basis of race. Would you prefer to seek a ?win-win? solution that perpetuates this blatant racism, so that you may be spared the publicity of a messy lawsuit?
If a lawsuit of this type would ?deepen racial tensions?, then it is undoubtedly time for a lawsuit. Perhaps your area needs to discover the meaning and impact of federal law.
I think you should talk to the owner as Mr. Garcia suggests. I think your conversation should include the concept the park manager is running a risk on behalf of the owner that could cost the owner a VERY large sum of money. In fact, if done correctly I believe that it might not be possible later to have your other units removed from the park (called retaliation). You might want to check with an attorney in your area who would be knowledgeable on this.
But whether you like it or not, you have been thrust into a position that is begging for you to do the RIGHT thing, not the EASY thing. This may create some risk for you?but a refusal to take risk NEVER leads to a reward. I would put aside your feelings of fear, embarrassment, the fear of public knowledge, etc. Talk with the owner, let him know where things stand, and if there is no resolution then move forward legally.