The “post-racial” President Barack Obama can’t seem to get enough of shoving race in Americans’ faces, and now the community organizer-in-chief aims to ensure race is on everyone’s mind every day in their neighborhoods, towns and villages.
Just two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, in Texas Housing v. Inclusive Communities, that federal housing law allows challenges to zoning laws, lending regulations, and other practices that could impact minority groups – even without the intention to discriminate – the Obama administration has issued a final rule – known as the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule – in a press release. Ultimately, the rule will ensure the move of low-income individuals into higher income neighborhoods at the direction of the federal government. Any obstacles to the initiative are sure to be attributed to racial discrimination.
Breitbart News’ Senior Editor-at Large Joel Pollak explained how devastating the majority’s decision is:
The Court has now affirmed one of the federal government’s most abusive tactics: the threat of racial discrimination lawsuits. And the biggest losers, Alito points out, are the poor, because now local efforts to improve poor neighborhoods can be blocked by lawsuits alleging racial discrimination when the rent is raised.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, once again writing for the majority in the decision, said that “unconscious prejudice” exists for which he apparently believes forced government diversification of neighborhoods is the cure.
“The Court comforts itself by claiming that racial quotas still cannot be used to integrate communities,” Pollak wrote. “In fact, it has weaponized racial quotas in the hands of the federal government.”
“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 Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary. “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.”
“By encouraginga [sic] balanced approach that includes targeted investments in revitalizing areas, as well as increased housing choice in areas of opportunity, the rule will enable program participants to promote access to community assets such as quality education, employment, and transportation,” the HUD press release states.
The Washington Post was beside itself with excitement about the new HUD rule:
Now, on Wednesday, the Obama administration will announce long-awaited rules designed to repair the law’s unfulfilled promise and promote the kind of racially integrated neighborhoods that have long eluded deeply segregated cities like Chicago and Baltimore. The new rules, a top demand of civil-rights groups, will require cities and towns all over the country to scrutinize their housing patterns for racial bias and to publicly report, every three to five years, the results. Communities will also have to set goals, which will be tracked over time, for how they will further reduce segregation.
“This is the most serious effort that HUD has ever undertaken to do that,” said Castro. “I believe that it’s historic.”