The year 2020 might turn out to be another kind of pandemic as well: rampant, irrational, media-fueled white guilt.
In a fit of woke-ness, or perhaps just extreme exhibitionism or extreme fear of censure, the Houston Association of Realtors is allowing members to stop using the phrase “master” — as in master bedroom or master bath — in its listings. Apparently some realtors think the word is a reference to slavery.
The association made the decision, which affects its website and submissions to the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, on June 15. Listings now use the word “primary” in references to bedrooms and bathrooms in various properties.
The change was a response to requests from association members, according to a statement from the group.
The association will keep using the word “master” in marketing materials and in public speaking when deemed appropriate, reports the Houston Chronicle.
A DailyMail.com review of the association’s web site on June 26 uncovered listings with the change, including one for a home on Burdine Street that lists a “primary bedroom.” The same listing reverts to using the word “master” in a description of the home, priced between $215,000 and $250,000.
Tiffany Curry, a Black Houston real estate broker and owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, said usage of the word master ‘represents a stigma and place in time that people need to move forward from,’ in an interview about the change with the Chronicle.