U.S. Civil Rights Commission Hears Charges of Anti-jewish Bias
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U.S. Civil Rights Commission Hears Charges of Anti-jewish Bias

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A charge that housing discrimination against Jews is “a persistent problem” in Atlanta and other major cities of Georgia has been presented to the Georgia Advisory Commission of the United States Civil Rights Commission at a hearing here.

The charge was presented by Mrs. Marshall J. Mantler, chairman of the Atlanta chapter of the American Jewish Committee. She told the commission that the basis of the charge was data collected by the chapter and “information made available to us by the Atlanta Jewish Community Council and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.”

She declared that there were six subdivisions in northwest Atlanta that completely exclude Jews and that there were more than 400 homes in those six sections. In addition, she told the commission, “there are others which have been developed in recent years on an exclusionary basis but which have now partially opened up to Jewish purchasers through resale.”

“Many more subdivisions have been developed on a quota basis,” she asserted. “In these it is customary to allow only 10percent of the homes to be purchased by Jews, although the formula may vary. A similar pattern prevails in the northeast section of Atlanta and in other major cities of the state.”

Mrs. Mantler urged that the commission, “together with the Atlanta Real Estate Board, the Georgia Real Estate Commission, the Atlanta Community Relations Commission and the American Jewish Committee,” jointly act on the problem.

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