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Monday, December 5, 2016

What Ben Carson should learn about housing segregation [feedly]

What Ben Carson should learn about housing segregation
http://www.epi.org/blog/what-ben-carson-should-learn-about-housing-segregation/

President-elect Donald Trump proposes to nominate Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Mr. Carson has expressed opposition to the Obama administration's new requirement that cities and suburbs develop plans to end their segregation or face possible loss of federal funds. He calls this "social engineering," and says that such well-intentioned programs have unintended consequences that their proponents later come to regret. Instead, he says, emphasis should be placed on revitalizing distressed minority neighborhoods in central cities.

What Mr. Carson's view ignores is that the racial segregation of every metropolitan area in the nation is also the result of "social engineering"—the purposeful efforts of federal, state, and local governments to create and enforce the residential separation of the races. What the Obama administration has begun are plans to undo this social engineering. Failing to continue these plans doesn't avoid social engineering—it perpetuates it.

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