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Black Comedian Comes Out Ahead of Chicago Bigot

Posted on August 13 2010 7:00 pm
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Last October, when Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell refused to issue a marriage license for an interracial couple because he didn’t “want to put children in a situation they didn’t bring on themselves,” the archaic sentiment was a national story. This week brings a similar headline.

A Chicago couple, their agent, and their broker are accused of some nasty discrimination that goes beyond being overly particular.

Daniel and Adrienne Sabbia have been charged with refusing to sell a Bridgeport home to a Black couple because of their race, reports Chicago Breaking News.

In January, Chicago native and comedian George Willborn and his wife made a $1.7 million offer on the 5-bedroom home, which the Sabbias accepted, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

However, the Sabbias refused to sign the sales contract, and HUD investigators were told Mr. Sabbia “expressed a preference not to sell his home to an African-American,” reports Chicago Breaking News.

I know we’re supposed to shake our heads in shame here. However, I choose to look at the bright side. First, the fact that this kind of discrimination is newsworthy highlights the extent to which it has subsided. Were such a thing common, it would neither shock nor warrant national coverage. Also remarkable is the fact this particular African-American was looking to spend $1.7 million on a home, a fairly decent indicator that society is treating him well. Finally, though there are better ways to encounter an entertainer, this story gives readers an opportunity to meet George Willburn.

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