The progressives running the Biden administration are planning a two-pronged strategy to attack traditional suburban families where they live — in their homes and schools. The Biden campaign platform, largely written by Bernie Sanders and his supporters, called for initiatives for equity in housing and education. Going forward, these will translate into actions by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assert its policy to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) and for the Department of Education to impose Critical Race Theory (CRT) to attack both real and intellectual property. The strategy got underway with the new president’s executive order on equity that calls for “an ambitious whole-of-government equity agenda.”
Their primary weapon is the concept of disparate impact, a conveniently squishy theory that there needs to be no factual finding of discriminatory zoning or racism in schools to conclude that a community is racist. All disparate impact requires is for a bureaucrat to declare an imbalance of race or income among the residents of a local community or in its school’s Advanced Placement courses.
To understand the seriousness of the assault, it is necessary to understand the philosophical origins of the left’s positions on private property and the class struggle. The first tenet of Marxism is the abolition of private real property. The second is the class struggle between the oppressed proletariat and the oppressing bourgeoisie.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Marxism was adapted to education, called Critical Race Theory. Proponents of CRT believe that racism is normal in the U.S. and that black Americans, Latinos, and American Indians are excluded from educational equity. They believe that inequity stems from the “tension” between property rights and human rights. More recently, Black Lives Matter explicitly reframed the Marxist class struggle between the oppressed and the oppressors in terms of blackness and whiteness.
HUD’s actions during Obama administration provide a template for what is coming. During the Obama administration, HUD targeted specific affluent communities: Marin County on the West Coast and Westchester County on the East Coast. HUD was armed with the Fair Housing Act, which required a determination of discriminatory housing or zoning practices, to force the two counties to build affordable housing units for disadvantaged minorities. Marin caved immediately; Westchester successfully fought HUD.
Future attacks on property rights will be carried out by HUD by using the concept of disparate impact to eliminate what it calls exclusionary zoning, which HUD believes has prevented non-white people and low-income families from living in affluent communities with good school systems. The Biden administration may try to legislate this through the HOME Act of 2019, proposed by Senator Cory Booker and House majority whip Rep. James Clyburn. HOME would give states and localities block grants to be used to change single-family zoning policies and local regulations. Even if Congress does not pass the HOME Act, Biden’s executive order on equity already gives HUD and the Department of Education new powers to roll out the double-barreled assault….[ ]