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Should home-shopping websites provide racial and ethnic data?
Should home-shopping websites provide racial and ethnic data?

When you shop online for a home, some websites let you specify the characteristics of the community where you want to live. Maybe you're looking for excellent schools, low crime rates, affordable prices and low property taxes. But should you also be able to search for a home based on the racial or ethnic composition of the neighborhood? Should real estate websites supply detailed information on the percentages of African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Caucasians and mixed-race people in the immediate area? Some civil rights advocates cite the Fair Housing Act and say absolutely not: Connecting racial data with home sale transactions is barred by federal law, they argue, whether it's done by...

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