Groveland, across the Merrimack from Haverhill, is one of those places you never hear about unless something awful happens there. Welcome to Groveland, where a white vigilante decided to chase after a black woman driving through the town - where she lives.
Meanwhile, a team of researchers at Suffolk University Law School and Analysis Group, Inc., with help from the Boston Foundation, report that, decades after such stuff became illegal, white brokers in the Boston area continue to discriminate against Blacks - often just refusing to deal with them at all.
Basically, they had a white person and a Black person apply for the same apartment, And, well:
Results indicate that White market-rate testers - meaning White testers not using vouchers - were able to arrange to view apartments 80% of the time. Similarly situated Black market-rate testers seeking to view the same apartments were only able to visit the property 48% of the time. ...
In addition, housing providers showed White market-rate testers twice as many apartment units as Black market-rate testers, and provided them with better service as measured by a number of different variables. The results also showed that testers who were offered a site visit by the housing provider received differential treatment at the visit based on race and voucher status.
The research also found considerable bias against people with housing vouchers, regardless of race.