A Bloomington man is facing eviction after hanging a black lives matter banner.
Donavon Burton was handed a 10-day eviction notice after he hung a black lives matter banner up at his apartment complex. Other tenants in the building support the banner, but his landlord, First Site, doesn’t.
“They’ve reached out to my boss, and talked to him to have me take the flag down,” said Burton. “It is a little scary, it is a little nerving, but I don’t think because it is a big company, that me a minority that doesn’t own any property, can be taken advantage of.
Two weeks after putting the flag up the Vice President of First Site Ulises Napoles, came to his apartment and took it down.
“I reached out to Ulises and told him, I looked over the lease and I didn’t think there was anything against me hanging a flag,” he said.
Page 3 of his agreement states “Please keep your balcony/patio free of clutter at all times. Please do not store any personal belongings or furniture on your patio/balcony.”
Burton got a lawyer, and she believes this was discrimination.
“Unfortunately, this is a standard procedure for a lot of landlords to discriminate based on race, by claiming that it is something else,” said his attorney Ruth Wyman. “Tenants have personal property out on their back porch, but the landlord is not enforcing this rule or regulation equally on other tenants, and that’s where the racial discrimination is coming in.”
Burton doesn’t want to attack first site.
“I’ve never said that they are racist at all,” said Burton. “I recently had a son, my son is also multi racial. I want to advocate for his safety for his rights, and I want him to maybe see an example some day of something he should stand for.”
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