Racism and segregation are alive and well in Suburbia

Not in my back yard, build it somewhere else:

“We built our brand-new home here because we worked hard to become residents of New Berlin — not because we got a handout, not because somebody paved the way for us,” one woman said.

One man described seeing an increase in crime when a “lower-income element” moved into his former Milwaukee neighborhood. “You put this low-income housing into this part of the city,” he said, and “I guarantee you this is what you’re inviting into our community.” At least one resident wrote a letter teasing at fears that her city would turn into the North Side of Milwaukee, which is predominantly Black.

I don't care what state you're living in, or if you're urban, suburban, exurban, or even (especially?) rural. Nothing brings out the NIMBY more than new development. I've been on our Town's Planning Board for about six years now. The first three years were non-eventful, we went about 5 months one time with no meetings. But the last three years have been nothing short of brutal. We've had citizens yell at us, glare at us, question our integrity, and throughout there has been a near-constant undercurrent of racism. It is often couched in "property value" arguments, but it is there, nonetheless. And none of our proposed developments received (or even asked for) government subsidies or other enticements:

Thursday News: Kicking and screaming

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AS BIDEN INCHES CLOSER TO VICTORY, TRUMP FILES LAWSUITS: As Democrat Joe Biden inched closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, President Donald Trump's campaign put into action the legal strategy the president had signaled for weeks: attacking the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean his defeat. Democrats scoffed at the legal challenges the president's campaign filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. In spite of the aggressive move, the flurry of court action did not seem obviously destined to impact the election's outcome. The new filings, joining existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada, demand better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, and raised absentee ballot concerns, the campaign said. The Trump campaign also is seeking to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted, deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said.
https://www.wral.com/trump-sues-in-3-states-laying-ground-for-contesting-outcome/19371426/

Wednesday News: Congrats, Roy

COOPER WILL CONTINUE AS GOVERNOR AFTER THRASHING DAN FOREST: Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has been reelected to a second term, the Associated Press reports, defeating Republican challenger Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. With more than 99% of precincts reporting, Cooper led with 51% of the vote compared to Forest’s 47% of the vote. Cooper had 2.8 million votes to Forest’s 2.5 million votes, according to unofficial results from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. In his acceptance speech Tuesday night, Cooper talked about how North Carolinians are resilient, inclusive, creative and “do not give up easily.” Cooper took the stage shortly before 11 p.m. at the Democratic Party headquarters, appearing with his wife and three daughters. “North Carolinians made their voices heard tonight,” Cooper said. He said it was important for all the votes to be counted. “I know there are a lot of important races that are still too close to call. We must let the process work, to be sure that all the legal votes are counted,” he said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article246762766.html

Tuesday News: Judgment Day

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US DOJ WILL MONITOR WAKE AND MECKLENBURG VOTING SITES FOR HARASSMENT: The U.S. Department of Justice plans to send staffers to Mecklenburg and Wake counties on Election Day to monitor compliance with federal voting rights laws, including those that prohibit voter intimidation and voter suppression based on race, color, national origin or religion. The two N.C. counties are among 44 in 18 states that will be monitored Tuesday, the department announced Monday. “Our federal laws protect the right of all American citizens to vote without suffering discrimination, intimidation, and harassment,” said Eric S. Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, in a statement Monday. “The work of the Civil Rights Division around each federal general election is a continuation of its historical mission to ensure that all of our citizens can freely exercise this most fundamental American right.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article246896212.html

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