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Blatantly Racist Pitch to Suburbanites Appeals to Basest Instincts of Voters

July 30, 2020

One of my favorite aphorism’s from Stephen Covey is “you can’t talk your way out of problems you behave your way into”. Cornered by COVID, Donald Trump’s true colors are coming through, and they are completely consistent with his behavior as an entrepreneur and contradictory to the perception some voters hold of him as being fair-minded and desirous of making our country great again.

Common Dreams writer Jake Johnson wrote a synopsis of the President’s recent tweets on his administration’s decision to repeal the the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) put in place by Barak Obama, tweets that Elizabeth Warren accurately describes as “blatant racism” that is “disgusting”. Here’s what he wrote:

“I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low-income housing built in your neighborhood. Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!”

Thankfully, his decision to repeal this was met not only with contempt by progressives like Elizabeth Warren, it was also met with scorn by leaders of Fair Housing non-profits.

Replacing a requirement that cities and towns receiving federal funding to document and develop plans to redress racial housing segregation with “…a new regulatory framework (pdf) that would allow localities to monitor their own compliance with fair housing laws” is akin to the Supreme Court’s decision to allow southern states to monitor their own voting practices… and it will have the effect of installing another wave of Jim Crow laws designed to keep people of color and poor people out of the affluent suburban enclaves— the places where people live “…their Suburban Lifestyle Dream”. I’ll close with this paragraph from the Common Dreams post:

“Words can’t quite capture how outrageous and racist this is,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in response to the president’s tweets Wednesday. “Trump and Ben Carson have worked hand in glove to obstruct and destroy decades of work to promote fair housing in our country.”

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