LA Democrat Mayor: 'Institutional Racism' to Blame for Homelessness, Not Liberal Govt
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti shifts the blame for California homeless crisis
Los Angeles' Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti has claimed that "institutional racism" is to blame for the homelessness crisis in his city, not California's liberal government.
Speaking Friday, Mayor Garcetti attempted to shift the blame for the crisis, although deep-blue California is one of the only states in which homelessness has been rising.
The mayor was addressing a press conference where he was discussing LA’s progress in reducing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic.
Garcetti attempted to divert attention away from the city's failings by pandering to the current anti-racism climate.
"Institutional racism is a leading cause of homelessness in Los Angeles," he told the media.
"In Los Angeles County, where 8 to 9 percent of the population is African American, a third of all people experiencing homelessness are black."
Describing the problem as “homelessness against black Angelenos,” Garcetti traced the problem back many generations, according to Breitbart.
He pointed to discrimination against black veterans in the post-World War II era, to residential covenants that prevented black people from buying property, and to redlining by banks (all practices which have been illegal for decades).
In December, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development revealed that California is “entirely” responsible for a 2.7% nationwide rise in homelessness.
The number rose by a staggering 16.4% in the Golden State.
Los Angeles has seen a dramatic rise in homelessness in recent years, rising to nearly 60,000 people last year.
Some observers are voicing concerns about a possible outbreak of bubonic plague and other diseases.
Though Garcetti has promised to deal with homelessness throughout his tenure as mayor, he has failed to make progress.
Garcetti said that the city succeeded in bringing 6,000 people indoors during the coronavirus pandemic — some in individual trailers and hotel rooms, and some in communal shelters.
Garcetti also said that the city was “collectively grieving the lives lost due to racism in this country,” noting the recent burial of George Floyd in Houston, Texas, after he was killed in the custody of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Memorial Day.
On Wednesday, Garcetti described “systemic racism” as “racism that is built into systems.”
He seemed to conflate unequal outcomes with intentional or “systemic” discrimination.