Democrats’ plan for race-based housing aid draws lawsuit threats, charges of reverse discrimination

A Democratic proposal that would give Black people more federal aid than White people to make down payments on homes is bringing charges of reverse racism and threats of lawsuits.

Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, proposed the race-based down-payment program to be included in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion packages of health care, clean energy, and anti-poverty programs that he dubbed “human infrastructure.”

Housing advocates are demanding that Democratic leaders follow Ms. Water’s lead. They say her proposal would finally deal with the inequality that White people are far more likely to own homes than Black people and other minorities. They point to a study by the liberal Urban Institute that shows the homeownership gap has widened since the 1960s.

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