Law firm posts "whites only " real estate ad
A complaint filed last week with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination alleges that a foreclosure notice placed in the New Bedford Standard-Times by a Newton law firm contained racist language.
The legal notice, which first appeared May 17 and drew its wording directly from the property's deed, stated that ‘‘The said land shall not be sold, leased or rented to any person other than of the Caucasian race.''
The statement was removed from later editions of the paper, and both the New Bedford Standard-Times and Harmon Law have issued apologies for the ad.
Officials at Harmon Law said that the ads are generated by scanning the deeds of foreclosed properties and checked for accuracy, but that the language is not closely scrutinized due to the high number of foreclosure notices the firm processes.
Not implausible, but they've got to be more careful with stuff like this!