I was browsing through Facebook this morning and saw a post by a friend of mine Jay Thompson that made me mad. Physically mad. Now mind you, I am all for not offending as many people as the next guy. I have kids with Autism and if someone calls something “retarded”, I am likely to take them aside and “ask them” not to do it again in my presence. I do not tolerate racism, discrimination in my family and I defend those who are in a minority group of one sort or another who fall victim to it.
It strikes me as stupid in America that we have to pay people to regulate what REALTORS say in advertisements and to legislate that with proscribed language, but I totally get that people do and say stupid things in advertisements that are not right. Okayfine. I do think the list of no-nos is a bit ridiculous and it seems that the list of thou shalt not’s actually exceeds the list of what you can say. But again, I want to be kind to people.
But now this in the Washington Examiner. The article talks about Fair Housing and the things that you cannot say in real estate ads. Here is the quote that did me in:
Additionally, some real estate agents are now advising their clients to remove the American flag when photographing a listing.
“For my company, that’s a precautionary action. We want to neutralize the house to appeal to the greatest pool of buyers, so we want to keep the focus on the house and not be distracted by anything political and an American flag could be political,” said Beth Brody (a REALTOR in Marin CA).
REALLY! I have flown the American flag in front of my small home in Indiana for years. It flies there as a tribute to the country I love. It flies as a tribute to my dad who fought in the Korean War. It flies as a tribute to my brother in law who just returned from Afghanistan.
And you want me to take it down as a “precautionary measure”? Because its presence might OFFEND someone looking to buy my home?
Look, I am a patient guy, but if a REALTOR asked me to do that I would tell them to take their yard sign, their listing agreement, and get their overtly politically correct, un-American butt out of my field of vision. Too far is too far. And this is so far over the top…
This is AMERICA. It is where we live. It is who we are. If you do not like that, get a passport and LEAVE. But do NOT tell me that I should take down a flag that has been in front of my humble little home in Southern Indiana for years in order to sell it.
Let’s not get so politically correct that we deign it correct to tell me to take the flag down from in front of my home when prepping it to sell. If you don’t to buy my home because I simply have an American flag in front of it, piss off. I don’t need your money. This is a FREE country.