Carson Urges Audience Not to Repeat Mistakes of the Past

2018 NAR First Vice President moderates a discussion with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson

At the beginning of the opening general session, 2014 NAR President Steve Brown credited the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), which is an African-American real estate trade organization with leading the charge for fair housing, when NAR was opposed to it in the 1960s.  Said Brown, “Because of NAREB, our hearts and eyes were opened on the issue of fair housing.”  He added, “Not only is it good business; it’s the right thing to do.”

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson commented that “We need to make sure we learn from the past, so we don’t repeat those mistakes.” Discussing the present day issue of sexual harassment, Dr. Carson spoke about work to protect those who are sometimes forced to endure sexual harassment as part of obtaining housing.  Carson said, “In today’s society, no one should ever have to make the choice between having a roof over their head or tolerating harassment.”

2014 NAR President Steve Brown introduces the session.

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson on stage at the general session

Matt Difanis

Matt is a multi-office broker/owner in Champaign, Illinois, home of the University of Illinois. He is a high producing team leader, a past President of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, the 2018 President of the Illinois REALTORS®, a past REALTOR® Magazine “30 Under 30” honoree, and a law school graduate. Matt is also a photography and videography junkie.

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