POCONO REAL ESTATE BILTMORE REALTORS, MOUNTAIN REAL ESTATES TO CREATE ‘BLACK AND WHITE’ REAL ESTATTS
By Chris SmithThe Biltmore Real Estate Association announced Monday that it would create “black and white” real estate agents and managers.
The news comes just a week after Black Lives Matter activists in Portland, Oregon, held a march to protest police violence against African-Americans.
Black Lives Matter protesters, who say that white police officers kill more black men and women than all other law enforcement agencies combined, have said the agency should not hire or fire white employees.
The Black and White Real Estate Management Association will be the first professional association in the country to create such a division.
The association says that its goal is to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce.
The move comes after Black America experienced a spike in violence at the hands of police in recent years.
In August 2016, the Black Lives Matters movement staged a peaceful protest at the headquarters of the Minneapolis Police Department, where they called for an end to racial profiling.
The following month, two Black men were shot and killed by police officers in New York City.
The Breslin Group, a New York real estate development company that is also owned by Black billionaire Warren Buffett, announced in July that it was partnering with the Black and Black Real Estate Administration to create black and white real estate managers and agents.
In an interview with CNNMoney last year, Black Lives Movement activist Laila Muhammad said that the Bresling Group would be a model for others to follow.
“I hope the other communities that are following in this movement, as we are, can create a place where all communities feel comfortable working with one another, where we’re able to create something that is inclusive and respectful of all people,” Muhammad said.