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Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Nikole Hannah-Jones
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ProPublica’s groundbreaking investigation into housing segregation, and the federal government’s large-scale failure to uphold the laws meant to prevent it

More than forty years after President Johnson signed the landmark Fair Housing Act into law, residential segregation in America remains unresolved. Designed to help dismantle the nation’s racially divided housing patterns, the act has gone largely ignored by every presidential administration—Democrat and Republican alike—since 1968.

In Living Apart, ProPublica investigates this failing, particularly how subsequent leaders, following President Nixon’s lead, have declined to use the billions in grant dollars awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as leverage to fight segregation. Their reluctance to enforce a law passed by both houses of Congress and repeatedly upheld by the courts reflects a larger political reality. Again and again, attempts to create integrated neighborhoods have foundered

This ebook includes an exclusive afterword by the author, as well as an appendix of original documents dating from the Nixon administration, revealing the internal politics swirling around the Fair Housing Act shortly after its enactment.

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  • File Size: 3526 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Publisher: ProPublica (October 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars transparency applied to government housing injustice November 16, 2012
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Nicole Hannah-Jones revealed riveting facts of the interworking of the United States governments handling of supposed equality in funded housing projects.
From coast to coast from the Nixon administration to the present billions of dollars flowed out to housing projects with no real enforcement for inclusion of all races in all places. Literally government promoted unequal housing by geographic placement of projects and or discrimination of residential makeup.
This book leaves you more informed and primed to at least inquire about the present and future.
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The vast majority of black and brown students attend public schools that are overwhelmingly segregated by race. This book clearly documents how each presidential administration, beginning with Nixon, has allowed federal funding to create and maintain this disparity. This is a proudly disturbing story that explains how racist social engineering is at the root of our segregated neighborhoods today. At the moment, there are no indications that this pattern of governmental policy is likely to change in the foreseeable future.
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An excellent, concise history lesson regarding unlikely champions to structurally combat racial and economic apartheid in our communities....and it's sad failure. The author provides a political history of Housing Policy and how it was scuttled. I wonder what our country would look like now, if Title 8 was implemented the way it was supposed to be?
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The basic information in Living Apart - documents from Presidents, statements from Presidents and HUD secretaries and community organizers and HUD employees, etc. - is interesting for its content. But the investigation starts from a biased viewpoint: That the Government is permitted to decide for Americans how they should live.

Consider: The starting point of the book is that the Government created the problem by the rules and regulations and bureaucracies it established, yet the end analysis is that the Government must "fix" this problem by creating more rules and regulations and bureaucracies. A fundamental question is never asked: What if the Government stayed out of the business of ensuring "fair housing"?

The author notes one interesting point during the description of the creation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968:

"The law required federal officials to do everything possible to 'affirmatively further' fair housing. This odd turn of phrase, which was not further defined, distinguished the housing law from almost all other civil rights legislation."

When something is not defined, that begins the entirety of arbitrary, politically-motivated and politically-biased, interpretation - by both politicians and journalists. The journalist does not question the law's necessity, nor the validity of the laws that preceded it. The journalist wishes for more Government intervention, even after demonstrating that Government intervention was the cause of the problem to begin with. At what point is "fair housing" AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHERED? Who decides? What if one HUD secretary claims that Westchester county has Affirmatively Furthered fair housing, but her replacement in the next administration decides it hasn't? Where are the limits?
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