John and Ramona Britt, an interracial couple, have reached a settlement, the terms to remain undisclosed, in regards to their racial discrimination action filed against the Royale Orleans Condominium Association in the Wayne County Circuit Court. The Condominium Association is located in Grosse Ile, Michigan a predominately white community and the Defendant condominium community mirrored the township. John Britt had been residing at the time the subject property for approximately 10 years and in 2011 he married Ramona, an African-American woman, and immediately thereafter she was subjected to racially motivated threats by her neighbor almost daily for several months. Complaints to the Grosse Ile Police Department and the Royale Orleans Condominium went unanswered or were ignored. Over and above the indifference to the racially motivated death threats directed to Mrs. Britt and her children, the condominium association levied fines against the Britts on account of the alleged violations pertaining to their wind chimes being in violation of the bylaws, although white residents at the property were not subjected to such fines. The Britts hired attorney Jearard M. Scanland, a young upstart but very driven attorney, to represent them against the condo association. Attorney Jerard M. Scanland contacted the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit for assistance and then proceeded with court action where he was able to obtain a favorable result for the Britts. Attorney Scanland has since become a Cooperating Attorney of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit.
The evidence from the housing discrimination complaints filed with FHCMD by home seekers, from the "testing" conducted by the FHCMD, and from the statements provided by many housing providers who support fair housing laws and are willing to step forward to help expose violations of those laws, demonstrates that practices of unlawful housing discrimination continue and the services of FHCMD are needed. Read more