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Megyn Kelly: Obama wants to force wealthy, white neighborhoods to "diversify"

She neglected to note that the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation was already voted down in the House


Scott Eric Kaufman
June 12, 2015 4:30PM (UTC)

Last night on "The Kelly File," host Megyn Kelly spoke to the former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen about President Barack Obama's alleged plan to force wealthy, white neighborhoods to "diversify."

Kelly was speaking -- though never by name, for whatever reason -- about the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation, which the Republican-controlled House just passed a bill preventing the implementation of. But no matter, because as Kelly said, unnamed "critics say this is the most radical, politically explosive change President Obama has attempted in his six plus years in office, calling it social engineering of the worst kind."

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If Senate Republicans fail to block the AFFH -- which is unlikely -- it would mandate information gathering about the racial, ethnic, and income make-up of communities, and require communities accepting federal funding to provide affordable housing for low-income families. Or, as Representative Paul Gosar (R) -- who sponsored the amendment that blocked the AFFH in the House -- said, the Obama administration will be "holding hostage grant monies aimed at community improvement based on its unrealistic utopian ideas of what every community should resemble."

Kelly summarized the bill as the administration wanting "to look around the area you live and decide whether it's diverse enough, the feds will order low-income housing or else much of your federal funding will dry up." Unnamed "experts say that this is more than just an attempt to change the way America's neighborhoods look, it may also be an attempt to change the way they vote."

Whoever those "experts" are, they clearly don't realize that compelling neighborhoods that want federal block grants to build low-income housing would be one of the most inefficient means of rigging an election imaginable, what with the power to gerrymander districts resting largely with the states.

Kelly accused Obama of propsing the AFFH "because his term is almost done and this is the time to do, the last thing on the list -- change the neighborhoods."

Marc Thiessen agreed, saying "this is what happens when you take a community organizer and put him in the White House -- he wants to organize your community. This is an insidious idea, [because] what they're trying to do is engage in social engineering of local communities from Washington D.C."

"They're going to either bribe or blackmail [local communities] into changing their zoning policy," he added. "This is a fundamental assault on freedom, on local government, on the principles this country was built on."

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It's worth noting that despite the fact that the AFFH has already been shot down in the House and will likely be shot down by Senate, Kelly devoted a segment to it just days after a black teen was wrestled to the ground by a police officer because, in the eyes of many Fox News viewers, she was attending a pool party in a neighborhood outside of her own. As eyewitnesses noted, people were shouting at the black teens to "go back to Section 8 [housing]," which is the very sort of low-income housing that the AFFH would mandate building.

Watch the entire segment below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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