EDITORIAL

HUD refuses to desegregate housing

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson (on the right) tours housing in Columbus, Ohio in 2017. PHOTO: Ty Wright
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Racist housing segregation is longstanding public policy in the USA. And the current White House is not about to change that. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is rejecting further regulation, claiming that efforts to desegregate are “failed socialist experiments.”

Carson has suspended the 2015 AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) rules, which finally gave some teeth to the Fair Housing Act of 1968. That earlier Act was a feeble attempt to end forced segregation. For decades, state and city politicians misused desegregation funding without penalty.

But AFFH required specific plans and progress reports, or funding would be lost. For two years a bit of progress was made — more low-income housing in better-off neighborhoods, fewer Black families evicted.

Fair housing activists, NAACP, and ACLU are suing HUD and Secretary Carson for essentially rewarding segregationist cities and states and landlords with no-strings-attached federal funding.

Let’s hope they get a good judge! Otherwise, billions of dollars meant to bring justice and opportunity to housing will actually fund racist discrimination in times of mounting homelessness, rising rents, unfair mortgage lending, and evictions.

Enough already of the ruling class doing what it pleases with our tax money!

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