The Huffington Post reports:
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is changing the mission statement of his agency, removing promises of inclusive and discrimination-free communities.
In a March 5 memo addressed to HUD political staff, Amy Thompson, the department’s assistant secretary for public affairs, explained that the statement is being updated “in an effort to align HUD’s mission with the Secretary’s priorities and that of the Administration.”
The new mission statement reads: “HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation.”
The previous mission statement is still on the HUD site:
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.
Ben Carson, underscoring his view that discrimination is not a major problem, takes anti-discrimination out of HUD’s mission statement https://t.co/UXH3A89qBE
scoop from @aterkel
— Sam Stein (@samstein) March 7, 2018
Ben Carson axes anti-discrimination vow from HUD mission. It will no longer reference “inclusive” communities “free from discrimination.”
Why? Because Carson is a cynical, soulless, selfish hypocrite. Oh, not to mention a total asshole. https://t.co/WIuwAS0eFi
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 #BoycottNRA 🚫 (@joncoopertweets) March 7, 2018
Inclusive and discrimination-free communities have never been fully achieved by @HUDgov. But now, it won’t even be a goal. @SecretaryCarson just removed that language from HUD’s mission statement, replacing it with his particular brand of Horatio Algerism. https://t.co/qz1Vu2Py21
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 7, 2018