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Ben Carson's HUD to Scrub Anti-Discrimination Language from Mission Statement

A year after beginning his position of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary,Ben Carsonhasdecided that it’s time to update the agency’s mission statement and remove words and phrases like “inclusion” and “free from discrimination.”


The agency confirmed on Wednesday that a leaked draft of 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 currentmission statement reads:

“HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable,inclusive communitiesand 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.”

In a March 5 memo to employees,Amy Thompson, the department’s assistant secretary for public affairs, commented the change was “an effort to align HUD’s mission with the secretary’s priorities and that of the administration,” according toThe Huffington Post.

“It’s not clear whether the new language is final,” HuffPost reports. “Thompson asked the political staff to send along any ‘comments or suggestions.'”

In a tweet posted on Wednesday afternoon, HUD stated that “modest changes” would be made to its mission statement:

Why is HUD just now considering making changes to its mission statement used by the previous administration Why didn’t Carson make these changes when he became the head of HUD in 2017

The Trump administration has a track record of quickly deleting any language that doesn’t fit its agenda.

In January 2017, after President Trump was sworn into office, his administrationdeleted the civil rights page from the White House website, along with scrubbing all references to LGBT rights and any mention of climate change.A report called “Advancing LGBT Workplace Rights” also disappeared from the Department of Labor website.

Perhaps HUD changing its mission statement is related to the Trump administration suggesting an $8.8 billion cut to the agency, noted in theFiscal Year 2019 Budgetproposal released last month.

Carson tweeted on Feb. 12 that the proposal promotes “self-sufficiency”:

Meanwhile, accordingto a reportfrom The Guardian published Feb. 27,Helen Foster,a senior career official in HUD, has alleged that she was demoted and replaced with a Trump appointee after refusing to break the law by funding expensive furniture for Carson’s office. The official limit is $5,000.

Acting secretary Craig Clemmensen told Foster that Carson’s wife, Candy, wanted her husband’s office upgraded, and allegedly instructed her to “find money” beyond the $5,000.

HUD had spent $31,561 on a “custom hardwood table, chairs and hutch” inside Carson’s office, according toThe New York Times.

Carson claimed he had no knowledge the desk was being ordered. In aFacebookposton Feb. 28, he said, “Rest assured that there has been no dishonesty or wrongdoing by us.

“All the numbers and evidence are being gathered and a full disclosure is forthcoming. We suspect, based on past attempts, that they will continue to probe and make further accusations even without evidence or substantiation. We will continue to ask for God’s guidance to do what is right.”

Carson said in a statement March 1 that he now wantsto cancel the order.

In November 2016, when Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has no prior housing experience, was asked in an interviewwhat he knows about housing and urban development, he said, “I know I grew up in the inner city, and have spent a lot of time there, have dealt with a lot of patients from there, and recognize that we cannot have a strong nation if we have weak inner cities.”

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