Soros touts grassroots organization in Texas in rare tweet

BY ANNETA GRIFFEE / JANUARY 10, 2018 /

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Democratic globalist billionaire George Soros posted a rare Twitter post Wednesday morning, promoting an article that appeared on his Open Society Foundations website about the devastation people in Houston, Texas have faced after Hurricane Harvey – and how they can demand government funds in order to rebuild.

The article was published in November, but Soros tweeted it out Wednesday, along with the reminder, “Houston can effectively and equitably rebuild and recover after Hurricane Harvey.”

The article starts out with, “Housing and public infrastructure provide people an essential platform for building their lives. It’s tough to accumulate wealth, get a good education, or hold a job if you don’t have a decent place to live in a safe community. Yet inequality seems locked in place by decades of racial discrimination and segregation and the failure of government to provide sufficient funds to help people overcome historic inequality.”

Soros’ Open Society Foundations declares in the article that Houston is an “obstructive test case,” claiming it is “one of the most racially and ethnically diverse places in the country,” but claims the city is “among the most economically segregated American cities at the neighborhood level.”

They imply that the “segregation” in the city even determined where the flood waters went, and declare the government funds from Harvey will be a prime opportunity to make the city’s neighborhoods more equal.

Making progress requires the public to understand that segregation produces unequal opportunities. This understanding must be built through research, education, and dialogue, acknowledging that residential segregation is a deliberate governmental construct that will take deliberate governmental action to undo. These actions will require government to account not only for where the floodwaters went but also to examine the underlying causes, such as the lack of infrastructure to handle even minor flooding in Houston’s historic neighborhoods of color.

Segregation must be addressed up front. Otherwise, the extreme racial, ethnic, and economic inequities that exist in Houston will frustrate efforts to improve affordable housing and neighborhood conditions.

We must find a way to provide a significant investment of public resources to build desegregated affordable housing and to close the infrastructure deficit across neighborhoods. In the wake of a disaster, billions of federal dollars in community development funds for recovery are disbursed to the state, which decides how to use these funds. The unprecedented Hurricane Harvey rebuilding funds offer a unique opportunity to make a major down payment on equity.

Soros’ Open Society Foundations then touts their grassroots organization in Texas that stands ready to make sure people have access to their “four rights.”

The Texas Organizing Project’s grassroots community leaders have framed creating equity of opportunity as a matter of securing government and community agreement on what the group refers to as the “four rights.” These rights are required to achieve fair housing and equalize government infrastructure across upper- and lower-income neighborhoods. They are: the right to choose where to live, the right to stay in and not be involuntarily displaced from your home, the right to equal treatment of your person and your neighborhood by the government, and the right to have a say in the governmental decisions that impact you.