Opinion: Anatomy of Discrimination via La Frontera Inc.

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What is the anatomy of an act of discrimination?  How do those who are determined to systematically exclude others commit their immoral acts?  It goes something like this: A person of color asks for something that is supposed to be available to all people, regardless of race or creed. But, the person in charge, does not feel that the person of color should have anything at all, so their response is an emphatic “no”.  The person attempting to obtain the assistance, working within the system, files a complaint.  That complaint leads to changes with which the party in charge is supposed to comply. What does the person in charge do? Rather than comply, they change the rules.

A person of color went through this with an organization called La Frontera, Inc., in Tucson, Arizona.  It was well-known that the agency helped people who needed housing, whether they were homeless or not.  The individual tried to obtain assistance, but there were no methods via which the person could apply, only verbal denials. Criteria was a joke. There was nothing in writing, no legitimate application process, and as it turns out, it was the same crap, just a different agency, on a different day.   Minorities in America can attest to the various and sundry methods via which discrimination is meted out.  You call about a job, five minutes away, the job is still available. You show up with your visible ethnicity, and boom! The position has been filled.  The apartment has been rented. The house is no longer for sale.  This trickeration and chicanery has been commonly found in housing discrimination allegations and claims.  Several years ago, Diane Sawyer did an investigative report regarding this very issue, and with the use of hidden cameras, illustrated and proved just how often this sad game is played  in the United States of America.

So, once this person went through all of the processes, La Frontera moved the football, and suddenly, they only dealt with persons who are actually homeless, whereas in all the preceding years, and months, they had housing programs which helped all people, even those with their own homes were assisted with mortgages.  But nooooo, not today.   According to the party, a person in charge named Maureen, who once used every single verbal trick to exclude, and who now had to have it all in writing, now said that there were no programs other than for the homeless. It is reported, that, allegedly, Maureen stated that this was in compliance with HUD.  Seriously? One must wonder just how stupid this Maureen must believe people are.   It appears that, allegedly in collusion with her supervisor, Maureen became not only ‘Lucy with the football’, but also moved the goalposts – several times.  But, unfortunately for Maureen, her misrepresentations can easily be disproved. But, her job is safe, because, allegedly, the higher-ups, such as Douglas Long, could not care less what happens on a lower level.

Radar’s take on this is simple.  Discrimination is supposed to be against the law.  And, if federal funds are being used to assist in discrimination, then it is time for those federal funds to be stopped, and funding to La Frontera Housing, Inc. should be discontinued.  The FHA should go in and look at all of the files and then determine whether or not the pretext used by Maureen is genuine.  And,  in light of the recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, the agency is no longer handcuffed by whether or not the discrimination was intentional, now all that has to be proved is whether or not the discrimination exists – intentional or not. They only need to follow the money, and it is doubtful if  anyone would lose a wager betting that Maureen was lying through her teeth.  There should be no discrimination allowed on the dime of the American taxpayer’s. La Frontera Inc, should be thoroughly and mercilessly investigated for deliberate housing discrimination, and federal funds should no longer be made available to them.  And, insofar as people like Maureen, she should not be fired, but be ordered to provide assistance to those who qualify, without any attempt to further her own alleged  agenda.  I think that sort of punishment would be poetic justice.

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Radar Recommends: Sons of Anarchy

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Wow. Sons of Anarchy. A little late coming to this party, but, better late than never.  Wondering what all the fuss has been about for seven seasons, curiosity won, and after taking a peek, it is clearly understood that this is a great show. Leaving you wanting more. A sequel, a prequel, anything , just more …  forever.

All seven seasons of this show are the equivalent of  like a good book that you just cannot put down.  Most people have many preconceived notions about bikers and biker clubs. Be prepared to have those notions put to rest.   This show allows a person to actually get inside the intricate details and inner workings of a biker club, rose-colored glasses not provided. It is all there. The good, the bad, and also, the very ugly.  Kurt Sutter, the shows creator, writer, and producer, who took the time to research the material via spending time with a real biker club in Northern California presents a compelling tale of love, betrayal, revenge, and the reality of the life of ‘outlaws’.  Something most people will never see.

The beginning of the series, is like first dates, getting to know the characters, being introduced  to their world, and so on.  And then, the wild ride begins.  As the story unfolds, the main character, young Jax, played by Charlie Hunnam, (son of one of the original founders of the club),has taken his seat at the table as vice-president.  His mother, Gemma, played by Katy Sagal,  and his step-father, Klay, (Ron Pearlman), are at the center of the drama.  Yet, as the story unfolds, you get to know all of the characters, and it transforms into  a  brilliant and superb ensemble, with each character fleshed out to the point that each has a story, and you, are privy to those stories and finding yourself  following all of them.

Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club

Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, there is violence, but, it is not gratuitous, but rather within the context of the storyline. You will find yourself rooting for characters, and being very angry with others. You will begin to live with them, cry with them, laugh with them, and wish the best for them.   It is indeed a wild ride, and an enthralling show with excellent performances by all of the cast.  The writing is superb. And you suddenly might have an overwhelming desire to ride a motorcycle … just once.

It is currently streaming on Netflix which will afford you the luxury of not having to wait until next season when those cliffhangers end each season.  A wonderful binge-worthy drama that is exciting and informative. You will never look at a biker or a biker club the same way again, because you will know something more about them, and it ain’t all bad.  Enjoy the ride!

Capybara (Sons of Anarchy)

Capybara (Sons of Anarchy) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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