Local Realtors Stand Against Racism
By Carl Medford, CRS
“As seen in the Real Estate Reality Column in the San Leandro Times & Castro Valley Forum, written by Carl Medford”
The COVID-19 crisis that we have been working our way through has challenged us and, in many ways, forced us to reevaluate the way we live our lives. It has brought many to the breaking point physically, emotionally, mentally and financially. It has isolated families and friends from each other, caused well-loved institutions to fail and disappear and will leave a significant scar on individuals and our nation. Compounding the tragedy have been the lives that have been lost. While some have lost jobs, those can eventually be restored. Loved ones that have passed are gone forever, leaving us only with memories.
It has been bad enough that we have endured this life-changing epidemic. Now we find ourselves in another crisis with the ongoing tragic shootings of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement. It is sad beyond belief.
I am not here to pass judgement in any way nor to take sides: I have a unique perspective in that of our 6 children, 3 are African American, as are a number of our 12 grandchildren. We are sickened by the loss of life, distressed that after so many years our country has not managed to find its way out of racism and disheartened that so many are using this as an opportunity for vandalism and destruction.
Racism in any form cannot be tolerated. I am incredibly proud that our local real estate community is extremely multicultural with every Realtor bringing their unique perspective, talents, gifting, training and expertise to every facet of real estate. America is a country built upon diversity – it is at the core of who we are as a nation and is one of the distinctives setting us apart from most other countries in the world.
Real estate leaders from across the country and from all major brands are reiterating that racism cannot be tolerated. As an example, Gary Keller, CEO of Keller Williams, states, “I’d like to make one thing clear: Racism is wrong and Keller Williams stands with the Black community and wholeheartedly supports equality.”
It is also important to understand that as Realtors, we are committed to upholding our nation’s Fair Housing Laws which provide equal opportunity to ALL, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, gender or disability. This is a mandate we take very seriously.
Join with us in praying that God bring healing to our land.
Carl Medford is a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty and a licensed general contractor. This article is sponsored by the Central County Marketing Association.