The real-estate industry is reckoning with its racist legacy in the wake of the George Floyd protests — and a new implicit bias training tool for realtors is the first step

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  • The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is bringing implicit
    bias training to its realtor members and partner associations in
    the wake of the George Floyd protests.
  • The training consists of a 50-minute video tool meant to help
    members understand the latest research in overcoming unconscious
    stereotypes.
  • NAR is also urging realtor associations to consider revising
    their new member orientations and other mandatory education courses
    to focus on the delivery of equal services.
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Since the US erupted into protests over the
May killing of George Floyd
at the hands of a Minneapolis
police officer, virtually all industries have started speaking up
to foster the growth of social justice movements and implement new
corporate
diversity and inclusion
policies.

Real estate is one of those industries — and with its history
of housing discrimination, the sector certainly has plenty of
changes to make to resolve its deep rooted issues. Now, The
National Association of Realtors (NAR) has just taken some
promising first steps to rectifying the industry’s troubled
past. 

NAR, which represents more than 1.4 million members working
across the entire real-estate industry,
announced
in June a new plan to educate its members and staff
with
implicit bias
training. 

The training, comprised of a 50-minute
video
tool meant to help members understand the latest research
in overcoming unconscious stereotypes, began its rollout in
mid-June. It was developed in partnership with New York’s
Perception Institute, drawing on research that illustrates how the
human brain’s automatic, instant association of stereotypes with
particular groups can cause people to treat those who are different
from them unfairly.

“Fair housing, equality and inclusion are among NAR’s most
cherished values,” said NAR President Vince Malta. “Realtors follow
a strict Code of Ethics that not only defines us as professionals
but explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race,
gender, national origin or s****l identity.”

“We are committed to leading the way on policies that address
racial injustice and build communities where people of every color
feel safe to pursue their own American Dream. This training video
is a small part of an ongoing education campaign that will position
Realtors to lead in the fight against racial discrimination.”

NAR is also urging realtor associations to consider revising
their new member orientations and other mandatory education courses
to focus on the delivery of equal services. 

This isn’t NAR’s first measure to reduce housing discrimination.
The announcement of the new training program comes six months after
the January reveal of a new Fair Housing
Accountability, Culture Change and Training (ACT) Plan
designed
to help members lead the industry in the protection of housing
rights.

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The real-estate industry is reckoning with its racist legacy
in the wake of the George Floyd protests — and a new implicit bias
training tool for realtors is the first step