I breathed a huge sigh of relief as the Supreme Court rejected an attempt to undermine the housing law that was passed in Dr. King's memory. Yet it was hard to forget that last week also marked two years since the Court eviscerated the voting rights protections that activists like Dr. King and my father had given so much of their lives to achieve.
In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, the Supreme Court held that the disparate impact theory applies to housing discrimination claims. This was a significant victory because the Court had not previously applied the disparate impact theory to housing discrimination cases.
Communities that are still recovering from the Great Recession, and particularly working-class communities and communities of color, need someone who will carry on the work of enforcing the laws that ensure the fairness of our economic and political system. The Senate should act to confirm Ms. Lynch promptly and without further delay.
The labor and civil rights movements worked hard to eliminate systems that perpetuate discrimination and segregation, and it is with this tradition in mind that the labor movement calls on the Supreme Court to uphold the disparate-impact protections of the Fair Housing Act to ensure fair treatment for every working American.
For the past half-century, we've made progress bridging the gaps between the races and addressing inequality. If we don't want history to repeat itself, we cannot stop now. We must tell Congress to stop cutting successful housing and urban programs. On the contrary, it must restore funding cut over the last several years.