Ben Carson's HUD to the residents of Cairo, Illinois: We're done here. Get out.

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Ben Carson's HUD to the residents of Cairo, Illinois: We're done here. Get out.
The history of Cairo, Illinois, is the history of violent and entrenched racism in the American midwest. Once a destination for fleeing slaves seeking refuge in the north, the town would remain forever-segregated, that segregation enforced via both law and violence. During the civil rights era, the town became a war zone, with black residents coming under fire from white snipers shooting down from the surrounding levies. Every legal impediment to justice for black Americans, every business impediment, every threat, every retaliation: white Illinois would incorporate it all into their battle to keep the town segregated into the 1970s, and ‘80s, and ‘90s. At 70 percent black, the city remains largely segregated to this day.

Mother Jones has a long read on one of the final indignities foisted onto the city's remaining residents. After recent widespread corruption and rampant racism in the local housing authority left the McBride and Elmwood public housing projects neglected and rat-infested, it was Ben Carson's HUD that took a close look at the controversy, shrugged, and pulled the plug on efforts to even attempt making things right. The message they offered residents instead: Leave. Get out.

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