Obama Seeks to Reshape Neighborhoods With Housing “Diversity”

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The Obama administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is under fire after announcing a proposed executive decree to make American neighborhoods more “diverse.” Under the new HUD policy, dubbed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing,” the federal government will gather and track data on “segregation” and “discrimination” across America before deploying a wide range of social-engineering schemes to ensure more “diversity” in U.S. neighborhoods. Some analysts say there is an even broader agenda at work.

While details about the latest anti-constitutional plot remain scarce, news reports and official documents suggest the administration will use a combination of federal bribes and coercion to achieve its aims. The goal, in essence, is to force state and local governments into submission using a “carrot and stick” approach. Among the many federal targets in enforcing centrally planned diversity: local zoning regulations, public transportation, land-use policies, government housing agencies, and more.

“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,” claimed HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, a strong advocate of using federal power to create “Sustainable Communities,” while announcing the controversial diversity plan at the NAACP convention last month. “Make no mistake: this is a big deal. With the HUD budget alone, we are talking about billions of dollars.”

Praising the NAACP and blasting the House GOP’s proposed budget, Donovan urged more activism “from the courts to the streets” in order to achieve what he called “progress” — bigger and more expensive federal programs on everything from healthcare and education to housing. Donovan boasted about the number of people who were awarded damages due to “housing discrimination” — some 25,000 — and promised more to come. He also called on convention attendees to continue lobbying Congress to give more money and power to the administration as it works to transform America.

“This proposed rule represents a 21st century approach to fair housing, a step forward to ensuring that every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of — where they have a fair shot at reaching their full potential in life,” Donovan continued. “For the first time ever, HUD will provide data for every neighborhood in the country, detailing the access African American, Latino, Asian, and other communities have to local assets, including schools, jobs, transportation, and other important neighborhood resources that can play a role in helping people move into the middle class.”

According to the administration’s summary of its latest proposed “rule,” which has already been entered into the Federal Register, there are four primary goals behind the effort. The first one is “improved integrated living patterns” and “overcoming historic patterns of segregation.” Next is “reducing racial and ethnic concentrations of poverty,” followed by “reducing disparities by race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability in access to community assets such as education, transit access, and employment.” Finally, HUD’s fourth objective is “responding to disproportionate housing needs by protected class.”

To achieve its utopian vision — critics say it is more of Obama’s promised agenda to “fundamentally transform” the country — the administration plans to gather vast amounts of data on American housing patterns. The information will be provided to “participants”: virtually every entity receiving federal taxpayer money via HUD, including state and local governments. Armed with the data, authorities would then have to work toward making the administration’s agenda a reality by changing policies as required.

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