Obama Admin: Landlords who Refuse to Rent to Felons are Racist

When nearly every card you have in your deck is the race card it tends to get overplayed quite a bit. Such is the case with our divider-in-chief, who — along with the First Lady — have often claimed that race holds them back. Yeah, I’ll let that sink in. You’ll excuse me if I don’t shed too many tears for the man who occupies the most powerful office on the planet.

Yeah, I’ll let that sink in. You’ll excuse me if I don’t shed too many tears for the man who occupies the most powerful office on the planet.

But, for the left it is all about labels. If you disagree with Barack Obama’s policies it is because you are a racist. If you demand that the media hold Hillary Clinton responsible for her record it is because you are a sexist. If you think a family business should have the right to their religious beliefs and not be forced to cater a gay wedding, well, you’re obviously homophobic. Oh yeah, and if you want a secure border and a thorough vetting process for refugees you’re racist and Islamaphobic.

It’s a bad joke that never ends, and get a load of the latest punchline. Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has now declared that if a landlord denies rent to a felon — you guessed it — that landlord is a racist.

In keeping with the left’s affinity for identity politics, the Obama Administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released new guidelines this week regarding the Fair Housing Act.  The new guidelines pressure landlords into accepting tenants regardless of their criminal background, even discouraging them inquiring about an applicant’s felonious history in the first place.

Despite the fact that it is already illegal to deny a tenant based on their race or ethnicity or even inquire about it, the administration claims that refusing to rent to an ex-con –without even knowing his/her race — is racist because blacks and Hispanics are more likely to have criminal backgrounds.

Breitbart discusses the potential problems with implementing these guidelines — in addition to the fact that law-abiding people do not want to live among felons, and how there is a trend in this type of move by the Obama administration.

However, the new rules will pressure landlords from even inquiring about a possible renter’s criminal history at all, because any inquiring could lead to an expensive and painful federal lawsuit.

One result will be that many law-abiding renters will find themselves living alongside felons.

Also, landlords will seek new practices — such as raising rents — that indirectly exclude criminals from their rentals.

This sort of high-pressure leverage of obscure rules is nothing new in Obama’s Washington.

Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare could be used as a basis to bring lawsuits for “housing discrimination” against landlords and state agencies. The court’s decision opened the door to more easily bring “racial discrimination” suits against the states, so the administration is using this permission to pressure wealthier communities across the nation to include Section 8-styled housing vouchers in their areas.

This was all part of an effort to force “affordable housing” schemes and “diversity” on every community in the country, by order of Obama’s ever-evolving housing rules.

Racism is real, and it affects people of every color in every community.  But the Left’s insistence on calling just about anything and everything racist diminishes the victims of true racism.  It is hard for real victims of racial discrimination to be taken seriously while you have the man who holds the most powerful position in the world whining about being a victim of racism himself.

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