Victims of Obama’s compassion: landlords looking at what the junkie tenant left behind
Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has hired on hundreds of lawyers for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights department. Not a single one came from a conservative background. All were liberal activists. Every one of them.
[T] he Obama Justice Department has assembled a law firm of hundreds of fringe leftists to enforce a brave new vision of civil rights law.
Why the Civil Rights Division? Simple — it may be one of the most powerful components of the entire federal government. If a president wanted to “fundamentally transform” the nation, he would likely start with the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.
The tentacles of the Division reach into virtually every crevice of American life. Federal statutes, under the banner of protecting civil rights, reach home lending, football stadium and theater seating, voting, elections, education, college admissions, apartment rentals, prisons, hiring practices, the use of English, special education programs, religious liberty, abortion clinic protests, arrests, law enforcement, voter rolls, insane asylums, state and local government hiring, swimming pool lift chairs, bathtub design, Spanish language ballots, school discipline, and even if boys can dress in drag in high school.
If a president wanted to transform a nation, he would unleash hundreds of crusading leftist lawyers who hold views far outside of the American mainstream and give them power to push the frontiers.
So why’s this matter? Because of the accelerating pace of government intrusion into every private decision made by Americans, like this new assault, launched by Obama yesterday:
Landlords can no longer refuse to rent housing to convicts. Is there a law prohibiting such discrimination? No, but the liberal Civil Right Decision lawyers discussed above have gone ahead and created one.
The Fair Housing Act doesn’t include criminals as a protected class, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says refusing to rent based on a criminal record is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice system.
“The Fair Housing Act prohibits both intentional housing discrimination and housing practices that have an unjustified discriminatory effect because of race, national origin, or other protected characteristics,” say HUD’s newly-released guidelines. “Because of widespread racial and ethnic disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system, criminal history-based restrictions on access to housing are likely disproportionately to burden African-Americans and Hispanics. While the Act does not prohibit housing providers from appropriately considering criminal history information when making housing decisions, arbitrary and overbroad criminal history-related bans are likely to lack a legally sufficient justification.”
About 25 percent of Americans have some kind of criminal record, which can range from felony convictions to arrests that never led to charges. As HUD correctly notes, criminal history is not equally distributed across racial groups. For instance, while blacks are about 12 percent of the U.S. population, they are about 36 percent of the prison population. Hispanics are also overrepresented behind bars, though to a much smaller degree.
Like every other policy like this, Obama and his fellow “progressives” [sic] jeopardize the safety and well being of law-abiding citizens in order to protect criminals.Under Obams, ex-convicts must now be admitted into apartment buildings and private residences where they will, when they relapse, and addict do that at bout a 95% rate, they will steal everything that isn’t nailed down and even the stuff that is: copper plumbing, gutters, appliances, even toilet, to sell for drugs. Where in our constitution is the government granted such power?
That’s a rhetorical question.