A Victoria real estate agent has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal over an unusual allegation of racial profiling.
Rick Allenberg is white and originally from South Africa. Because of that, he claims, a black client decided Allenberg was likely racist, so broke a contract with the realtor.
“You know what? I’m Canadian,” says Allenberg, who moved to Canada from South Africa 25 years ago
He says he left precisely because of apartheid, which segregated whites from blacks, so the real estate agent says he was floored when a client allegedly told him he was cancelling a listing because he doesn’t trust white South Africans.
“It cut right to the core of who I am and it was an assumption that made me very, very angry.”