Remember Ben Carson? He was that uber-religious brain surgeon who ran for president. He has some wacky reasons to run and some bizarre beliefs. As an aside, he still has his presidential website open. This is what it looks like. There are no links.
Here are some of the things he has said:
- He stabbed people to be cool. (Most probably not.)
- He lived in public housing. (Nope.)
- He was super violent as a kid. (Also probably a nope.)
Whoopsie! None of that’s true! But it sold so many books.
Moreover, the guy has said he isn’t qualified to run a government agency. (Yet why would he run for president…?) And, indeed, he is not qualified. He was a surgeon. Why would be run HUD?
Enter HUD, Housing and Urban Development. They help provide affordable housing and foster safe communities. They help prevent homelessness. They’re also involved in mortgages. Own a home? They maybe give a crap about who runs HUD. Shall we have a guy who has SAID HE IS NOT QUALIFIED and likely lied in his memoir. The current Secretary, Julian Castro, is a rock star. And then… Carson???
Moreover, this is what Trump thinks of Carson:
“It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper,” he said. “That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that … as an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people. You don’t cure a child molester. There’s no cure for it. Pathological, there’s no cure for that.”
That’s a cool think to think of the guy running one of your agencies.
What does this mean about HUD and why we should actually care about HUD?
It just so happens that part of my research agenda covers housing. Mostly residential mobility (moving) among children, but also neighborhoods. I was trained by one of the experts in housing and child development.
So does housing matter? OF COURSE! Dangerous neighborhoods are unsafe not only in terms of gun violence but mental health and achievement. Low quality housing and moving (more common among the poor) also aren’t good. The history of housing and race in our country is incredibly unjust. Redlining prevented black families from moving into save and desirable (white) neighborhoods. Recent efforts to reduce neighborhood segregation could be rolled back.
So what does this tell us? Trump probably doesn’t give a crap about housing, neighborhoods, cities, or mortgages — he has nominated someone so terribly unqualified for the position that it’s quite laughable. Ha. HAHAHA.
So, call your senator. And if you are in a state with one of these guys, then really bug them. Of course, as we’ve written, Tillerson and Sessions are also awful. So call, call, call. Then ask your neighbor, friend, or partner to call.