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How Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision Of Inclusive Communities Clashes With The Current Shifting Values Of HUD

Rodney McKenzie, Jr.

Instead of policies and agency practices that divide us by doubling down on the grave inequality created by historic and current discrimination, we should advance policies that repair these rifts and bring us together. Policies like the Obama-era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 on which that rule builds, take strong steps to ensure that housing contributes to equalizing opportunity across race. While bad housing policy can turn back progress, addressing the deep inequality built up over time will require a robust and deliberate policy agenda, like Everyone’s Economy (which my organization released earlier this year).

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