When Ben Carson took then-Republican candidate Donald Trump on a walk through Detroit’s most destitute neighborhoods, including his childhood home, the country saw two individuals work to perpetuate the idea that Black inner cities are third world countries.
Now that Donald Trump is no longer a candidate but the president-elect, it appears that he used that time spent in Detroit to inform his decision to pick Ben Carson for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary.
Just a few weeks ago, Carson said that he is not looking to be the head of HUD because of his “lack of experience.” However, if there is one thing that we have learned from this election, it’s that experience — or the lack thereof — doesn’t seem to matter.
As HUD secretary, Carson would oversee programs that provide vouchers and other rental assistance for five million low-income families, fight urban blight and help struggling homeowners stave off foreclosures, reported the New York Times.
Although Trump seems confident in his selection, many are worried because Carson has no experience with housing policy and has never run a large government bureaucracy
It should also be noted that, although Carson is a product of Detroit public housing, he has in the past expressed a belief that there isn't much of a role for government when it comes to housing programs in the inner cities.
Although many are still unsure of how Ben Carson will act as HUD secretary, his disapproval of housing programs set forth by the Obama administration could mean an undoing of much of the progress cities have seen when it comes to housing and development.
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