Ben Carson and Donald Trump have changed the mission statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to remove language opposing discrimination and inclusiveness — and flat out admitting that they did so to reflect their own “priorities.” The old mission statement:
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.
HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation.
And in a memo to the HUD staff, one of the public affairs officials in the department said that the change was being made “in an effort to align HUD’s mission with the Secretary’s priorities and that of the Administration.” So that’s pretty much an admission that preventing housing discrimination is not a priority for them. That’s hardly a surprise given that Trump himself first entered public life when he was sued by the Nixon administration for discrimination in his apartment complexes, which he had to settle for a big fine.