Remember the absolutely critical Omnibus spending bill Congress muscled through at the end of last year? It was 4,000 pages that no one read and cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion.
In our Let's Cut Some Spending series, ForAmerica will chronicle parts of the 2021 and 2022 spending bills from a variety of sources that you probably don't know about - programs, grants and spending of all kinds that should have never happened in the first place and many that are still happening.
Today’s offering: $6.8 million for ‘Real Estate Strategy to Obtain Racial Equity!’
After decades of inaction and systemic racism, the people of Northeast Wilmington’s historic Riverside neighborhood are ready for a change.
A public housing project originally developed for returning white, World War II veterans, Riverside has been part of Wilmington’s framework since the early 1950s.
After the conclusion of World War II, the flawed GI Bill allowed white veterans and their families the opportunity to purchase homes, while the same opportunities were not afforded to Black veterans. Over several decades, the white families of Riverside moved out, building generational wealthy in other neighborhoods and cities.
Following this massive example of “White flight,” Black residents, shut out of other communities due to redlining and other racist housing policies, moved into the now vacant subsidized housing community and have been historically ignored ever since.
As a result, Riverside, a once close-knit and thriving urban hamlet, has been relegated to the fringes of Wilmington, creating a pocket of concentrated poverty without the needed support structures to ensure individual and family success.
There has unquestionably been racial inequality in the past and despite America's greatness, there were so many wrongs that needed to be righted.
But should federal dollars be going toward determining the racial makeup of communities nearly 80 years after the conclusion of World War II?
Especially if the real culprits here are actually "racial grievances" and "thinly veiled socialism."
This is nothing less than social engineering - on our dime.