NAACP Critical of Ben Carson’s Move to Change HUD’s Mission Statement

The NAACP says that Secretary Carson’s action not only threatens HUD’s founding purpose, but also reveals plans of regression. Photo of Ben Carson speaking at CPAC 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

BALTIMORE- The NAACP is deeply concerned by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s move to dilute the agency’s long-standing mission.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development Act, which established HUD as a cabinet-level agency, declared a purpose: “[T]o provide for full and appropriate consideration, at the national level, of the needs and interests of the Nation’s communities and of the people who live and work in them.” This purpose is sustained through the agency’s mission to “build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.” Secretary Carson’s action not only threatens HUD’s founding purpose, but also reveals plans of regression.

“Dr. Carson’s attempt to diminish HUD’s mission comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission’s report which affirmed that discrimination and segregation had long permeated much of American Life and continues to threaten the future of every American; and at a time when the Trump administration seeks to cut billions of dollars in housing aid for low-income families,” said NAACP’s Sr. Director of Economic Programs, Marvin J. Owens, Jr.

Despite these attempts, the promise of discrimination-free practices lives on in the Fair Housing Act which has the central objective of prohibiting race discrimination in sales and rentals of housing. The hope of continued progress in America rests in the hands of communities across the country that continue to push their elected leaders to preserve programs designed to help disadvantaged communities and promote policies that make economic inclusion a reality.

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  1. Mitch Ritter on March 21, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Like the great Austin, TX journalist and media critic Molly Ivins counseled throughout her life in her charming vernacular: “Gotta watch out for those stories that seep and creep” beneath the national broadcast news curtain.

    First we had top Ben Carson HUD advisor Naved Jafry’s resignation amid charges he misrepresented himself and was involved in shady dealings. Now, Jafry’s partner in an “opaque religious charity,” Johnson Joy has resigned from HUD according to the only news organization doing any digging besides THE HILL’s Becca Savransky, UK’s GUARDIAN daily newspaper and muck raker Jon Swaine reporting back to the UK from NYC:

    All we get in U.S. News Media are reports about HUD Chief Dr Ben Carson’s taste in office furniture, while coast to coast U.S. cities deal with a decades in the making Homeless Families and Renters’ Emergencies that national leaders refuse to acknowledge amid constant reporting of U.S. Economic Recovery and miraculous drop in unemployment rates. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt!

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