Ms. Davis and a co-worker, Michelle Williams, used to work for "StoneBridge at Bear Creek Complex" in Euless, Texas, and they've chosen to come forward and expose the organization's apparently racist housing practices:
"If somebody called over the phone inquiring about an apartment, we were told that if they have an accent or a different name that we are supposed to tell them that we didn't have anything available,” said Daneisha Davis, who worked there for a year-and-a-half.
Michelle Williams was Davis’ co-worker. She says Stonebridge’s manager told her, on a regular basis, to turn away potential walk-in renters if they looked Asian or Middle Eastern.
"Make it undesirable for them to want to come back,” is what Williams says she was told. "Even though we were only 80 percent full, or 75 percent full. We had plenty of apartments we could've rented out."
"She referred to them as 'curry people.' And they used curry to cook with, that they smelled bad and they were dirty,” said Davis.
"Wow. Wow. That's unfortunate,” said AbdulNasir Jangda, an Imam at the Islamic Association for the Mid-Cities. “When we start grouping people together, we're creating a very divisive element. How are we supposed to understand and relate and appreciate one another if we can't stand to live next together?"
In January, Davis filed a Federal Fair Housing complaint against Stonebridge, alleging discrimination. The complaint made, via e-mail, was sent on a Saturday.
The next Tuesday, Davis was reassigned to other properties inside the company.
She has since quit and is looking for work. . . .
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