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Habitat: Stay in Your Lane!


Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity has once again sent out their feel-good/please-help mailer, complete with its Whitmer/Damoose photo, taken in Alanson. And once again it is right to admit that Habitat does help some folks get into affordable homes. But once again it is right to wonder why Habitat can't stay in its own lane. Let's check out some of its other-lane attempts at social engineering (from the HFHI website).

First off, Habitat claims that the world is facing an 'unprecedented climate challenge'; that there are 'increasingly common and severe weather events such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and droughts'; and that 'climate change has a disproportionate impact on the people we serve.'

So they purpose to 'contribute to the achievement of ... the [United Nations] 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.' And, 'We emphasize equity and inclusion to ensure that the most vulnerable members of a community are integrated.' To that end, they have created a new position - Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Congrats!

Second, to affirm its wokeness: '[S]ystemic and racial injustice ... have infused and informed the life of our nation - we recognize that we must do more. We must ... do a better job connecting issues of racial and social injustice with historic barriers to affordable housing.'

And how will Habitat signal its wokeness? It will a) celebrate Juneteenth annually as a Day of Reflection; b) take bold actions to ensure racial equity; c) affirm, through word and action, that Black Lives Matter, and further 'this fundamental truth'; d) name and uproot all forms of racism and white supremacy; and e) support the Black Lives Matter movement.

And, if anyone isn't quite on board with this agenda, Habitat offers suggested readings and listenings. Readings include ... The Color of Law, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, How to Be an Anti-Racist (Ibram X. Kendi), White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and The Case for Reparations (The Atlantic). Listenings include ... Slavery by Another Name (PBS) and The Urgency of Intersectionality. All this from a CEO who has a salary close to $500K per year, Jonathan Reckford.


Habitat's expanded mission is troubling, especially since millions of our tax dollars go into its coffers. ERG implores our elected officials (including Sen. John Damoose) to take a responsible stand against the transfer of public monies for non-governmental endeavors.


Lansing, stay in your lane too!

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raygensmom
Nov 22, 2023

Wow! How dare you trash Habitat For Humanity. This organization is badly needed, especially for the citizens of Emmet County. What do you propose? Your far right agenda is very misguided.

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raygensmom
Nov 27, 2023
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Christian values in government? This country is not a christian country. It is a country where you may practice your choice of religion. Yes, you did trash a non-profits' wonderful work. Just because it doesn't fit your ultra-conservative agenda, does not mean it is not doing great work.

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Big Mac
Big Mac
Nov 21, 2023

Oh shut up. Just shut it. You people whine about everything but you NEVER offer workable solutions. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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ironmanwid
Nov 22, 2023
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Thank you for your deeply thought through comment. ERG wonders why only we need to shut up, and not those who disagree with our positions. In case you missed it, the workable solution is for H4H to stick to building and repairing homes, without the social engineering. Simple!

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lynnhyattbrown
Nov 21, 2023

How is this an expanded mission for Habitat? It seems like this is just a more thoroughly articulated statement of what has always been their mission. Systematic racial injustice HAS impacted the life of our nation. For one example those FHA home loans were specifically not allowed for black citizens. Do you know how much wealth was created for white citizens via those loans? Transformative wealth. That wasn't right, and it wasn't fair. You and I benefitted form an unfair program. What I don't understand is how that doesn't keep you up at night?!! It keeps me up at night and I applaud any organization that is willing to say it was wrong.

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