Wisconsin Court: Landlord Can Evict Black Roommate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court says a white landlord had the right to kick a tenant out of his house because he is black.

Michael Haller forced Martin Jones to move out of his home in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood in 2013 after Haller’s wife said she didn’t feel comfortable with an African-American living in their house.

Wisconsin law prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants based on race. But the 1st District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the law doesn’t apply in this case because Jones was renting a bedroom in Haller’s house rather than a separate dwelling unit.

The court said Haller has the right to decide who shares his home.

Jones’ attorney hasn’t returned a message asking for comment.

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  1. I guess that means a black landlord can kick a white person out of their home too.

  2. Robert Byrd says:

    Several things: First, this is another sad testament to the extent of racism in our country. Secondly, If the wife felt that way, why the hell did they let him move in in the first place. Then negatives in this case are stacked against the husband and wife landlords. If the tenant were a problem or generally bad renter I could see evicting him. But to admit you’re doing it because he’s black is pretty sad. I would not want people like these for friends. I have a higher standard!

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