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Low-income housing in New Orleans stokes long-simmering tensions

James Perry, executive director of the housing center and a candidate for mayor of New Orleans, said class animosity might be at the root of much of this anger, though discrimination against the poor is not a violation of the Fair Housing Act. It is illegal to discriminate against minorities, however, and given that a disproportionate number of those who need affordable housing in the area are black, he said, these arguments almost inevitably involve race.

Housing Battle Reveals Post-Katrina Tensions
Published: October 4, 2009
Anger over low-income housing in a New Orleans suburb has stoked long-simmering class and racial tensions.


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