The Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to measure how diverse every neighborhood in America is with the intention of increasing diversity. I have seen this story all over but here is Fox News’s account.
In a move some claim is tantamount to social engineering, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is imposing a new rule that would allow the feds to track diversity in America’s neighborhoods and then push policies to change those it deems discriminatory.
The policy is called, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.” It will require HUD to gather data on segregation and discrimination in every single neighborhood and try to remedy it.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled the federal rule at the NAACP convention in July.
“Unfortunately, in too many of our hardest hit communities, no matter how hard a child or her parents work, the life chances of that child, even her lifespan, is determined by the zip code she grows up in. This is simply wrong,” he said.
I already know what the results of this survey will be. They will discover that most people tend to live near people who look and think like them. This will attributed to the continuing effects of discrimination and segregation despite the fact that such discrimination has been illegal since 1968. No doubt they will also discover that realtors have been using racist dog whistles such as “nice neighborhood”, “low crime”, and “good local schools”; all known to be codes for white supremacy.
People do tend to prefer to live near people like them. That may not be a good thing, but it is human nature. In general, most Whites would prefer to live near Whites, most Black prefer to live near Blacks, etc. I suspect that the people living in more integrated neighborhoods feel they have something in common more important than race. Zip code alone does not account for poverty. There are many factors involved. Rich people tend to live near rich people, and poor near poor. This is because not every place is equally desirable to live in. More desirable areas are going to be more expensive to reside in. A child who grows up with poorer parents in an impoverished part of the country is not going to have the same opportunities as a child growing up in a more affluent area. This is not fair. It is life, though. It is simply not possible to give every child precisely the same opportunities, especially with utopian schemes.
What will happen to communities that are deemed not diverse enough?
Data from this discrimination database would be used with zoning laws, housing finance policy, infrastructure planning and transportation to alleviate alleged discrimination and segregation.
Specifics of the proposed rule are lacking. Now published in the Federal Register and undergoing a 60-day comment period, the rule, “does not prescribe or enforce specific” policies.
- SOCIAL ENGINEERING? Housing Agency Criticized For Diversity Policy Push (foxnews.com)
- Obama Administration Imposing Diversity (+video) (joemiller.us)
- SOCIAL ENGINEERING? Obama to Police Diversity In Your Neighborhood (conservativebyte.com)
- Mowing Neighborhoods (moonbattery.com)
- Seriously: Obama Believes Your ZIP CODE Causes Poverty – Feds to “Diversify” Your Community by Controlling YOUR Zoning Laws (capoliticalnews.com)