Stanley Kurtz Is Very, Very Afraid of Diversity
As if to prove my point in the below post, Stanley Kurtz at National Review is floating a conspiracy theory, accusing Obama of plotting to force white Americans to have people of color as neighbors. (Via.)
Yet even critics have missed the real thrust of HUD’s revolutionary rule change. That’s understandable, since the Obama administration is at pains to downplay the regionalist philosophy behind its new directive. The truth is, HUD’s new rule is about a great deal more than forcing racial and ethnic diversity on the suburbs.
He tries to make his blunt opposition to racial integration more palatable by claiming that “minorities” object to it, as well, though he fails to quote any of this opposition. The rest of the post is about hammering his fearful readers with apparently frightening-to-them images of having to actually interact with people who look different or may make less money than they do, particularly focusing on how everyone is supposedly going to have to life in dense areas, as if Obama is going to cram everyone into cities with the density of Manhattan. The non-subtle fear he’s trying to provoke is of interaction with people his readers are afraid of. Obama is going to force you to sit on a subway, even though it’s diverse in there!
As Matt Yglesias points out, this conspiracy theory doesn’t even pass the reality test of someone with a basic understanding of geography, but the larger point is this: This fear is at the base of right wing objections to a whole multitude of policies, and make no mistake about it.