“To start off the hearings we called a remarkable witness, Carlos Campbell, a young African-American navy lieutenant.... After a series of impressive assignments in the navy, he had earned a posting to the Pentagon, but, try though they might, he and his wife couldn't find an apartment anywhere nearby. He told of going to various homes and apartment houses with For Rent signs. Many of the landlords, he said, had been encouraging over the telephone. But when they saw him in person, they would go into excuse-land. He kept right at it. His wife would go with him. The Defense Department had a housing office that tried to help him, and even they couldn't find anything in white neighborhoods. They knew what the problem was. Some of them even encouraged him to look in black neighborhoods. It was a disgrace. Here was a person good enough to perform tough assignments for our country in the armed forces, but not good enough to find housing for himself and his family."”


Walter Mondale, The Good Fight (New York: Scribner) at 59.

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