• Not for long if feds get their way.
By Tarrah Baptista —
Federal bureaucrats believe they know better than you what your neighborhood should look like. It’s all part of a major initiative called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) that seeks to integrate minorities from urban areas into predominantly white suburbs for the sake of promoting “diversity.” Plans to make this social-engineering project more effective are expected to be finalized before the end of this year.
State and local jurisdictions that are currently receiving federal grants will be tasked with following new AFFH guidelines that require them to “conduct an Analysis to identify Impediments to fair housing choice [AI], take appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any impediments identified through the analysis [and] maintain records reflecting the analysis and actions taken in this regard.”
In reality, AI is not promoting inexpensive housing for all. Instead, it’s code for identifying areas where one race may be too concentrated.
Broken down, AFFH rules suggest that local governments will now be required to document so-called racial disparities within their communities. If an “impediment” is identified, land use decisions will have to be rezoned to make room for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing units specifically for minorities. They will then have to keep records on how the populations grow over time.
To see that AI is really about race, all one has to do is look at the case of Westchester County, New York. For years, this quiet county just outside of New York City had been taking federal grant money to build inexpensive housing outside the city for working-class and poor Americans. However, in 2009, its municipalities were deemed to be too white. According to a lawsuit filed against the county by the nonprofit legal group Anti-Discrimination Center, less than 3% of the population in Westchester at the time was black, and less than 7% was Hispanic.
Because these populations were not socially engineered to AFFH’s vague specifications about ethnic diversity, a federal judge eventually ruled against Westchester.
The county ended up having to pay $50 million to build 750 additional housing units and make them available to minorities in areas with low black and Hispanic populations.
Following the case against Westchester, AFFH rules are being even more strictly defined, and the push for greater enforcement has become evident.
Shaun L.S. Donavan, former secretary of HUD, told the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at its 104th annual convention that the old rules were “a meaningless paper exercise without any teeth.” He also stated twice that HUD is looking into “stepping up fair housing enforcement.”
Donovan has since become the director of the Office of Management and Budget, which happens to be the office that will manage and oversee the inner workings of how AFFH’s new rules will be carried out.
These will include new tools that zoning boards are expected to use to document how diverse a county is as well as define what is expected in terms of promoting racial diversity—whether or not local communities want it.
Tarrah Elizabeth Baptista is a freelance writer and traditional mother. Her writing focuses on European heritage, sustainable farming, truth in history, Bible study, wellness and nutrition, reestablishing the Confederacy and freedom.