Wednesday, July 08, 2015

HUD Rolls Out Forced Integration Rules

The U.S. government will force Americans to desegregate their communities, much in the way it forced schools to desegregate in the 70s and 80s.

Here is a map of NYC showing the extreme segregation created by people choosing to live near people like themselves. Under the new rules, ethnically concentrated towns and neighborhoods (?) could lose federal money if they don't take steps to force other ethnic groups to move into their town via public housing.

WSJ: HUD Announces Rule Designed to Bolster Fair-Housing Initiatives
“Unfortunately, too many Americans find their dreams limited by where they come from, and a ZIP code should never determine a child’s future,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro in a statement. “This important step will give local leaders the tools they need to provide all Americans with access to safe, affordable housing in communities that are rich with opportunity.”

Critics have decried the regulation, saying it essentially forces communities to integrate even when it is against the will of both the current and prospective residents.

Federal officials said the rules are designed to provide communities with better tools to uncover patterns of segregation based on race or other factors. It will be up to local governments to craft policies that help address such problems, not for the federal government to force new practices on them.

But as a final resort, the federal government can withhold money from communities that fail to address discriminatory policies.
The Supreme Court case that opened the door to this policy was based on a suit by McKinney, Texas. That city was also famous in the past month for this.

The Hill: Racism, a pool party in Texas and the Supreme Court
Despite the fact that in 2014, Money magazine named McKinney, Texas, a small suburb located just outside of Dallas, "the best place to live in America," for the past few days the town has been inundated with media attention in response to circulated images of a white police officer cursing, pointing his weapon at and physically assaulting black teenagers as young as 14 in an attempt to break up a pool party at a subdivision. A teenager at the party filmed and uploaded video of the incident to YouTube on Saturday and it quickly went viral.

The police were reportedly called to the scene following what was at first a verbal, but quickly escalated to a physical, altercation between two white female community members and two teenage partygoers (one of whom was white and the other black) after the adults hurled racial slurs at both young people, and then slapped one, while yelling that they should leave the area and "go back to your Section 8 housing."

The hate-fueled reference to the federally funded Section 8 housing program, which provides housing subsidies for low-income participants, is significant because it, as well as McKinney and surrounding areas, are at the heart of a soon-to-be decided Supreme Court case that has the potential to either reaffirm our commitment to, or fully gut, fair housing laws designed to promote racial and economic integration.

The events in McKinney make a stronger argument than could almost any lawyer for why the court should affirm the importance of racially and economically integrated residential areas.
One might draw the exact opposite conclusion based on the reality of what happens in cities such as Ferguson, literally an average city when it comes to race relations in the U.S. despite the media attention.
Home values in Feguson, MO plummeted after the riots.
Home Values Tumble in Ferguson
Home values in Ferguson, Mo., have plummeted nearly 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death, new housing data shows.

Protests erupted in November following a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

Members of the community are feeling the financial toll from the civil disturbances last year that caused property values to fall rapidly. John Zisser, owner of a business called Zisser's Tires says last year his business' property was valued at nearly a million. "If I sold this place today, I could probably get $300,000 for it, if anyone is crazy enough to buy."
A new calculation in buying a home will be to assess the risk of having your standard pool party.

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