The latest Big Brothersque announcement from Obama Inc. is that national housing policy is about to be retooled around mandatory diversity. What this will mean is that state housing agencies will have their grants dependent on forcing mandatory diversity on developments, likely through some quota system, even if those developments don’t require federal funding.
The federal government is getting serious about pushing racial and ethnic diversity into America’s neighborhoods–and is using big data and big money to achieve its aims.
A new interactive database will help regulators, local housing officials and individuals take action on a newly proposed regulation that would require agencies to “affirmatively further” the inclusion of minority residents in white neighborhoods.
The problem now, Donovan said, is that prospective minority buyers are not being encouraged to move into predominantly white neighborhoods with top-notch schools, government services and amenities like grocery stories, etc.
The old way was to punish exclusion. The new way is to punish lack of inclusion.
The new way isn’t so new. Areas have already been punished for a lack of diversity. This just means the creepy policy is going nationwide in a big way.
The punishment is also different. Rather than fines and prosecutions for those who sought to keep minorities out, the new penalty would be a withholding of federal funds from local and state government agencies dependent on HUD grants if they fail to push greater diversity. The way those agencies interact with developers, realtors, homeowners associations and others would need to reflect the federal push for diversity.
Check out the Atlanta suburbs. South of Dekalb Avenue, the dots are mostly green – black residents – and north of Dekalb Avenue, the dots are mostly blue – white residents.
HUD wants a more even distribution of blue and green dots in the city and if you are planning a new subdivision or a realtor looking to sign potential buyers up for FHA loans, the dot distribution is something the Obama administration wants you to be mindful of. And your local zoning board, county commission or state real estate licensing bureau ought to be mindful too, since their funding could depend on it.
As for what happens if you live in a place like Brooke County, W.Va. where every dot is blue? Would the local housing authority have to recruit non-blue dots to the county in order to not risk federal funds? What if no holders of green dots want to come to live on Apple Pie Ridge Rd.?
Then it will have to offer better incentives to Democratic voters to enhance the “diversity” of the place. The setup is one way to destroy the suburbs, as Stanley Kurtz has been writing about for a while.
That may help keep residents from fleeing to another neighborhood, but can it keep them from moving to another state?
The penalties and intimidation become ridiculous when dealing with states like Alaska or North Dakota. It’s going to get rather hard to spread 20,000 black people across all of Alaska for maximum diversity. Or the 6,000 black people of North Dakota.
Is Alaska going to have to start recruiting black people from Florida with incentives? I imagine Obama Inc. would love that scenario.