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In an effort to provide racial and economic balance to some of the U.S’s most segregated communities HUD has proposed the federal rule, called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing“.  HUD stated that the country’s housing policies have not been effective at creating the kind of integrated communities the agency had hoped for, citing that some are too tilted toward rich or poor.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” is currently under a 60-day public comment period and even though details are still forthcoming, many of people have already expressed their “outrage”.

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Dedrick Muhammad, the NAACP’s senior director of economics, says the policy could result in more access to economic resources for minorities.

“It’s not just having people of different colors live together just to do so,” he says. “African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to live in segregated communities, that are predominantly lower income, have less strong public resources, less schools and educational opportunities, employment opportunities. This kind of integration strengthens economic equality.”

But of course other’s don’t feel that way.

Ed Pinto, of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told Fox News the rule was “just the latest of a series of attempts by HUD to social engineer the American people,” and cited failures of the public housing and urban renewal policies of the 1950s and 1960s, and of changes to house financing in the 1990s.

An extensive summary of the proposed bill can be read here.

 

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  • Dee D

    There are also housing grants- for which one of my friends applied for an received. He has a full-time job and a masters degree in business, however, that didn’t stop the neighbors from calling the police on him and his friend when they went over one day to trip some of the trees. Police surrounded the house because of complaints about “suspicious activity” in the house. They handcuffed him and interrogated him even after he told them he was the new owner. After 2 hours they finally had the bright idea to pull up the records on the house and saw that he was listed as the owner. Then one of the officers has the nerve to say: “You should try and get to know your neighbors better and this kind of thing won’t happen” my friend then replied: “Maybe they should try and get to know me better.”
    Being successful citizen doesn’t matter to people who don’t want you in their neighborhood, because they won’t take the time to get to know you anyway, they would rather feed off of stereotypes.
    I told my friend he should have researched the neighborhood more before he bought the house, sure its a good neighborhood but he is only 1 of 2 black people living there. On the flip side my father has lived in an all-white neighborhood for 10+ years and has never had a problem.
    I don’t think I would feel comfortable living in an all-white neighborhood, even if it is majority white I would still want there to be some type of racial diversity, then again I guess someone has to be the first.

  • Dom D.

    Why are we still perpetuating this myth of “integrated” neighborhoods? All neighborhoods are segregated in some way, be it economically, ethnically, religiously, whatever.

  • I don’t think I would feel comfortable living in an all-white neighborhood, even if it is majority white I would still want there to be some type of racial diversity, then again I guess someone has to be the first.
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    I agree, some people just don’t care but I couldn’t do it and deal with all the side effects.

  • Max

    This is one of the worse ideas in the history of bad ideas. Economics aside, all people, regardless of what race, ethnicity, culture or religion want to live out their lives and raise their kids in their own communities with their own “type” of people… whatever that might be. Of course there will be integration to varying degrees depending on who, but that has to happen naturally and should not be enforced by the government or anyone else. THAT WILL MAKE A LOT OF VERY UNHAPPY PEOPLE AND LEAD TO VERY BAD THINGS. IT IS SIMPLY NOT THE WAY OF THE WORLD. GIVE IT UP AND WORK ON IMPROVING YOUR “OWN” COMMUNITY.