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Friday, February 10, 2006

POLICING CRAIGSLIST: The international online forum sometimes features housings postings of this kind:
"NO MINORITIES," "Requirements: Clean Godly Christian Male," and "Only Muslims apply"
The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Inc. doesn't like such ads, which are written and posted by individuals in various regions of the country. This group wants to hold Craigslist liable for not removing the discriminatory postings. The legal grounds are shaky for such an action to succeed, but still: "I'm offended" has powerful resonance in America today. Should the expression of prejudicial preferences by individuals be forbidden at Craigslist and similar forums? No. Is it only a matter of time? Probably.