I presume it needs saying to no readers here that we’re not going to evade diversity by flight alone. The real estate will eventually expire. Every day what were once habitats of vast homogeneity constrict further. And the governments that live exclusively at your sufferance are committed to their wholesale extirpation. As a result of these persistent encroachments, legacy populations succumb to signalling from frantic limbic systems: they dig moats. To whatever extent wealth or charisma allow, they labor to create safe space as their own taxes simultaneously subsidize its erosion.
Though despite this tidal washing out effect, wealth has typically purchased a fairly sharp spade for the work. Obama and the left want it quite a bit duller.
The Obama administration is moving forward with regulations designed to help diversify America’s wealthier neighborhoods, drawing fire from critics who decry the proposal as executive overreach in search of an “unrealistic utopia.”
A final Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule due out this month is aimed at ending decades of deep-rooted segregation around the country.
Always remember: your neighborhood, your home, and your family are simply things you have withheld from a brown person. All that you cherish as belonging to you and yours is a manifestation of deep-rooted segregation. Which brings us to a note for consistently outwitted conservatives: when you concede the wickedness of a thing (segregation), you also tacitly assent to your enemy’s prescription for its remedy. And striving to be the last one eaten is not a path to victory.
The regulations would use grant money as an incentive for communities to build affordable housing in more affluent areas while also taking steps to upgrade poorer areas with better schools, parks, libraries, grocery stores and transportation routes as part of a gentrification of those communities.
“HUD is working with communities across the country to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for all,” a HUD spokeswoman said. “The proposed policy seeks to break down barriers to access to opportunity in communities supported by HUD funds.”
Here’s another note to our free-market colleagues: unlike cocaine addicted rats pawing for pellets, sentient human beings don’t have to actually take the bait. Simply…pass. Your children’s living smiles will be all the compensation required. Let other municipalities bask in subsidies, and bathe for now in soon-to-be closed pools.
It’s a tough sell for some conservatives. Among them is Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who argued that the administration “shouldn’t be holding hostage grant monies aimed at community improvement based on its unrealistic utopian ideas of what every community should resemble.”
“American citizens and communities should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering at the behest of an overreaching federal government,” said Gosar, who is leading an effort in the House to block the regulations.
Civil rights advocates, meanwhile, are praising the plan, arguing that it is needed to break through decades-old barriers that keep poor and minority families trapped in hardscrabble neighborhoods.
Can you imagine? It’s 2015 and poor people remain trapped in sub seven-figure housing. I think this seemingly insignificant element of our cultural dissolution is one of the most grating. Being forced to absorb such monotonous tautological inanities uttered in tones more sententious than the Gettysburg Address. Yes these tribunes of the impoverished know just what would aid such “hardscrabble” neighborhoods: a generous infusion of Guatemalans.
“We have a history of putting affordable housing in poor communities,” said Debby Goldberg, vice president at the National Fair Housing Alliance.
Thanks for pointing that out, Ms. Goldberg. Perhaps we can form a united front in advocating for Section 8 housing adjacent to Zuckerberg, Iger, Adelson, and Saban. Or at the very least a couple of units beside every affluent synagogue and Shomrim command post. Are you still with me Debby? Debby?
The agency is also looking to root out more subtle forms of discrimination that take shape in local government policies that unintentionally harm minority communities, known as “disparate impact.”
“This rule is not about forcing anyone to live anywhere they don’t want to,” said Margery Turner, senior vice president at the left-leaning Urban Institute. “It’s really about addressing long-standing practices that prevent people from living where they want to.”
Of course. I’m not interested in forcing any Salvadoran gangs to take up residence in Charles Schumer’s house. I just don’t want them prevented from doing so if that’s what they wish.
Children growing up in poor communities have less of a chance of succeeding in life, because they face greater exposure to violence and crime…
You see teens are exposed to the violence and crime they create, ipso facto. And that’s not fair to them. Like last night I was exposed to intoxication, for example. It was nothing I could avoid short of moving into Sergey Brin’s guesthouse. In both my instance and the teens, someone else has got to pay.
Hans von Spakovsky, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, called the Obama administration “too race conscious.”
“It’s a sign that this administration seems to take race into account on everything,” Spakovsky said.
Let me just reiterate: we conservatives DO NOT SEE RACE. If future America were 100% Somali clansmen, we’d be fine so long as they observed the constitution and maintained a reasonably low corporate tax rate.
Republicans are trying to block the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. Before passing HUD’s funding bill this week, the GOP-led House approved Gosar’s amendment prohibiting the agency from following through with the rule.
“Instead of living with neighbors you like and choose, this breaks up the core fabric of how we start to look at communities,” Gosar said. “That just brings unease to everyone in that area.”
“People have to feel comfortable where they live,” he added. “If I don’t feel comfortable in my own backyard, where do I feel comfortable?”
If enacted, the rule could depress property values as cheaper homes crop up in wealthy neighborhoods and raise taxes, Gosar warned.
That sounds very close to reprehensible racism, congressman. Core fabric? I certainly hope that includes some threads from Bhutan. Though since we are rarely reticent in panning the pubs, I’ll offer credit where due: the GOP did block it in the house–for whatever good accrues.
And while many here, myself among them, would be inclined to applaud any move that forced the plutocracy to sip its own hemlock, I can assure its implementation wouldn’t be so directed. The program is meant to diversify the flight neighborhoods of upper-middle earners. It is decidedly not designed to irritate the men who write robust campaign checks. It is simply the next rung on the ladder after having boot-stomped practically every former white prole neighborhood. So is that as bad as it gets?
It could also tilt the balance of political power as more minorities are funneled into Republican-leaning neighborhoods
Wait you mean this rule could also hurt the Republican party? Now I’m really pissed.