October 3, 2006

Reese Ramblings....

Blatant Idiocracy
I'm ashamed of where I grew up sometimes, and here's another example why that is so. It's one thing that the citizens of St. Bernard Parish are averaging a lower-than standard I.Q., but when politicians are overwhelmingly voting in an ordinance that is not only violating property owner rights, but renters rights as well, it's hard not to be embarrassed. Yes, this ordinance actually states that property owners in St. Bernard Parish can only rent to blood-relatives. Being that St. Bernard has 93% caucasian ownership, the measure also holds the public appearance of possibly being a little racist. It's no secret that african-americans aren't very much appreciated down in da parish (I hate using the term african-american, because none of them are from africa... they are just plain and simply americans.) Now, for argument's sake, let's assume this were to stand. How in the hell would you even enforce such an ordinance? I suppose if you were an orphan, you couldn't rent to anyone. How could Junior Rodriguez (who's no CSI) use his small brain to decipher a DNA test to determine if Tyrone Johnson is not my kin? Who's could say if Juan Rodriguez is HIS Kin? St. Bernard Parish Sheriffs Department isn't know for their world-class DNA testing labs, and even if they were, it would have probably been washed away in the storm. I can see it now, renters submitting blood samples and genealogy records along with rental contracts. Do these guys even think before they type, proofread, print, gather, and vote on such a thing?

This ordinance is so illegal, I'm sure that the suit filed by the The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) against St. Bernard Parish (in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana) should have no trouble getting a judgement in their favor. Now, a more logical, yet still illegal approach would have been for the parish to try to give prior St. Bernard residents priority housing before renting to everyone else. But these guys that run things down there aren't even smart enough to disguise blatant wrongness. Of course, no one in St. Bernard (or most communities for that matter) want thugs and vagrants living amongst their previously low-crime neighborhoods... and of course these political figures are only doing what the people who've elected them wish for them to do... protect the "heritage" of St. Bernard... but the solution does not lie the illegal actions to which these morons sought.

So how will this play out, you ask? Well, the Fair Housing Act expressly prohibits discrimination in the rental or sale of a dwelling on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, disability or national origin. 42 U.S.C. 3604 (a). Case Closed.

*On A Side Note*
I've just received my LRA (Louisiana Road Home Program) letter stating that I can now call in and set up an appointment with an advisor. Now, the media has been covering the fact that people are upset with the slow pace of distributing the grant money to the people who need it, and truth be told, they were supposed to have had things rolling months ago... but being that the form letter that I received has the wrong phone number printed for contacting the LRA (not once, but twice) has me believing that the state just may be using stall tactics after all.

Posted by Reese at October 3, 2006 4:12 PM