The idea that we fundamentally have more things in common than we have differences; that it is important to cross borders of race, ethnicity, class, and geography; that no neighborhood is the preserve of any one racial, ethnic, or religious group; and that all forms of illegal discrimination must be fought, wherever and whenever they manifest themselves. Once upon a time, it was called the Civil Rights Movement.
"Helping communities" cannot be the excuse to permit jurisdictions who fail to affirmatively further fair housing to improperly receive federal grants. Plus: Governor Cuomo and Representative Lowey once again fail the test of providing civil rights leadership. Why don't they call for Westchester to be punished for its failure to comply with its court-ordered housing desegregation obligations?