By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published January 16, 2016 


In honor of Dr. Martin Luther Kingís birthday, I previously blogged about discrimination and racism and whether or not they still exist in our Florida community associations. I wonít do that today. I was going to write about the fact that segments of the press believes that Trump won the election because White America rose up against Obamaís policies. But I wonít. I was going to blog about the tragedy of Chicagoís black youth growing up in the murder capital of America and how the Justice Department announced yesterday that itís the Chicago Police who are at fault for using too much force. But I wonít. I was even thinking about rehashing a prior blog written a few weeks ago about how the Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.) has recently issued guidelines for community associations to follow before rejecting applicants with criminal records Ė taking into account the fact that the criminal justice system is stacked against blacks and Hispanics. But I wonít. Finally, I can talk instead about the fact that next month is Black History Month, but I wonít because having certain months of the year designated to teach only about certain races or religions only serves to enforce the idea that we are all not somehow ďAmericansĒ with a single history.

In fact, when you look at all of the government policies and findings that are supposed to somehow level the playing field and enhance the respect, love and affection between the races, it appears that the more findings and policies that the government comes up with, the greater the likelihood of friction and intolerance.


So today, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, letís take National Holidays, National Months, governmental findings and Presidential speeches and policies out of the equation. In our community associations, letís just be good to our neighbors whatever color, race or religion they are because thatís how neighbors should behave toward neighbors all the time. Not just for one day and not just because thereís a holiday that says we should.


Thereís a new President about to be sworn in on Friday and Iím sure every Republican, Democrat and Independent among us root for him to do all he can to heal the present divide. Itís up to each of us however, to make sure that in our own condominiums and in our own HOAs, we treat each other with dignity and respect despite the fact we may look different or worship differently. Itís up to us, not our government, to teach our own children to do the same thing. We are all each otherís neighbors and we all owe that to each other.

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Eric Glazer Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for more than 2

decades and is the owner of Glazer and Associates, P.A. a seven attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and satellite offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa.


Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at noon each Sunday on 850 WFTL.


See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.


He is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium residents as eligible to serve on a condominium Board of Directors and has now certified more than 10,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.

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