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Will Current Political Currents Lead to a Top 70 Percent U.S. Tax Rate in 2021?

January 22nd, 2019 Comments off

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Facts are what they are and should not be over or under stated.  For example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-D) is a formidable political figure, a potent fund raise, and the most powerful elected female office holder in the U.S. today.

 

All those points about Speaker Pelosi are realities.

 

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But it is equally true that Alexandria Ocasio Cortez – @AOC – has more Twitter followers than Speaker Pelosi.

 

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY-D)’s Twitter following is shown below. Clearly, he holds the most powerful chair on the Democratic side in the U.S. Senate.

 

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But then consider Senator Bernie Senator (VT-I but caucuses with Democrats), who dwarfs the three above.  One reading of this is that the further left a candidate or politico seems to be, the more Twitter followers that they appear to have.

 

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Or look at the Twitter followers for Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA-D), who has an exploratory committee launched for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. She has roughly an equal number of Twitter followers as Speaker Pelosi or Minority leader Schumer have.

 

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What’s Up With That Headline?

This left-of-center MSNBC video does a decent job of running through some of AOC’s outline, and explains some of the reasons why it might not work out the way she claims.

 

 

What the video above doesn’t mention is that hundreds of billions of dollars have flowed into the U.S. since the tax cuts were passed in late 2017, and went into effect in 2018.

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Those repatriated dollars brought money into the U.S. Treasury, and has provided huge pools of money that are being invested in various ways across the 50 states.

 

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But facts don’t matter for millions who may not understand the ways that proposals like AOC’s could cost the nation.

 

 

The election cycle never stops in the U.S., certainly not at the federal level.  No sooner than one election is completed, and the results are sorted out, the next election cycle is underway.  Democrats could have 20 to 50 candidates that raise their banner for their party’s nominee for the presidency.

 

 

What the Twitter followers data suggests is where the energy” is with significant portions of the “base” of the Democratic party. The experience of Venezuela is moot to those who don’t follow the facts.

 

 

One of the best defenses against having the economic shock that significantly higher tax rates would bring is education of those in your circle of influence.

Arguably no one in MHVille is providing more meat and potato intellectual meals for the reality checks needed to make more voters think.  That’s this evening’s look at the trends that are causing concerns among some investors, which in turn have caused more uncertainty in the markets.  It’s not the only thing, but it is a thing. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Almost All Tracked Manufactured Housing Stocks Drop With Broader Markets, MH Stock Updates

January 22nd, 2019 Comments off

CNNmoney1.22.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsAll but two tracked stocks today took the slide down, along with the broader markets.  That will be our focus for this evening’s manufactured housing connected stock report.

If you’re new, already hooked on our new spotlight feature – or are ready to get the MH professional fever – our headline report is found further belowafter the newsmaker bullets and major indexes closing tickers.

 

The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.  Headlines – at home and abroad – often move the markets.  So, this is an example of “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing.” ©

Part of this unique evening feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – which saves busy readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

This is an exclusive evening or nightly example of MH “Industry News, Tips and Views, Pros Can Use.” © It is fascinating to see just how similar, and different, these two lists of headlines can be.

Want to know more about the left-right media divide from third party research?  ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-center-right’ media chart, please click here.

 

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Select bullets from CNN Money…

 

  • Coal keeps shrinking
  • Solar and wind are booming as the longtime king of the power industry continues to decline
  • Dow slides on weak economic outlook and China trade concerns
  • What moved the markets today
  • The stock market storm may not be over just yet
  • Business leaders in Davos are worried about central banks
  • DAVOS RECAP What happened on Day 1
  • December’s home sales were seriously ugly
  • James Dyson is moving his company HQ to Singapore
  • Brazil’s president says the country is open for business
  • Canada expects US to formally request extradition of Huawei CFO soon
  • 73% of investors are worried about a recession
  • IMF warns the world economy is slowing
  • The 26 richest billionaires are as wealthy as 3.8 billion people combined
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  • The fastest way to pay off $10,000 in credit card debt
  • JCPenney stock sinks on turnaround doubts
  • Twitter suspends account that helped ignite controversy over viral encounter
  • Why ageism hurts men more than women
  • Memo: 1,200 safety cases per week overwhelmed Uber investigators
  • 103 Uber drivers accused of sexual assault or abuse
  • Uber says it’s one step closer to delivering data on sexual assaults
  • This is how Uber’s CEO plans to fix its image
  • Uber CEO on fixing its workplace culture problem
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  • Cannabis company says CBS won’t air its Super Bowl ad
  • More big consumer companies will bet on pot this year
  • The world’s biggest beer company is looking at making cannabis drinks
  • Marlboro owner invests $1.8 billion in cannabis company
  • Cannabis in Canada: Big banks are missing a boom

Select Bullets from Fox Business

  • US stocks down on weak home sales, global growth worries
  • Is J.C. Penney heading down the same path as Sears?
  • Kamala Harris raises $1.5M in 24 hours
  • CEOs worried about global growth, and they have a record of being right
  • Supreme Court agrees to hear gun rights challenge to NYC transport law
  • How the Academy Award best picture nominees performed at the box office
  • This is what Kamala Harris thinks about the US economy
  • US existing home sales tumble to 3-year low
  • A look at Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the Patriots
  • What’s wrong with pretax retirement accounts
  • Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo fined $21M for tax fraud
  • Cost of the government shutdown could rival Trump’s border wall
  • Verizon CEO sees 5G rollout spurring new uses for wireless
  • Why did Gillibrand, Warren launch presidential exploratory committees?
  • Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac conservatorship could end in near future
  • Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski’s business advice to younger athletes
  • Meet Stan Kroenke, Los Angeles Rams owner and real estate billionaire
  • Super Bowl: Will Chick-fil-A at Mercedes-Benz Stadium be open on Sunday?
  • US economy will grow at 3 percent rate in the fourth quarter: Kevin Hassett
  • PG&E secures $5.5B to fund 2-year bankruptcy process
  • UPS CEO: US economy not slowing down
  • Financial advice for unpaid federal workers
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  • China’s slowdown is world’s slowdown: Ray Dalio
  • Americans are drinking less alcohol, and it’s changing the focus of retailers
  • Why America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs win under USMCA
  • America, the land of opportunity … or government?
  • Voters must dig deeper into Kamala Harris: Kennedy
  • Steny Hoyer has thrown doubt on Democrats’ unity: Varney[overlay type]
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  • Retail Apocalypse: These big retailers closing stores, filing for bankruptcy
  • Los Angeles district estimates teachers’ strike has cost $97M
  • Tax season tips: Get your 2018 refund quicker
  • Super Bowl: Most Americans oppose political statements in commercials, poll finds
  • Rock star trades drum sticks for brushes to help veterans

Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…

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Today’s Big Movers

For all the scores and highlights on tracked manufactured home connected stocks today, see thBloomberg graphic, posted below.

Today’s MH Market Spotlight Report –

 

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Conventional exiting housing sales slipped in December, as a report linked here explains.

CNBC warns that some builders will be impacted by broader housing trends.  While they don’t mention manufactured housing, that in itself is a clue as to what’s wrong.

 

 

ELS and Sun (SUIU) today, and Third Ave (TAVFX) on Friday were the only tracked equities that reported an uptick in today’s Bloomberg closing ticker, see further below.

As MHProNews has noted previously, the manufactured housing industry has for some years been held captive by forces often seemingly beyond its control.  But where they?

In fact, for those willing to look with open eyes and consider the actual evidence, the causes for the industry’s relatively low point are knowable.  Just start by reading 21st’s Tim Williams, Warren Buffett corresponding annual letter, and then listen to Clayton Homes CEO – Kevin Clayton.

Or ponder what a former MHI President and Vice President has said.  Isn’t it only logical that the reason that the powers that be won’t debate this directly, is because that means they are arguing against their own past words?

 

 

When manufactured housing was riding higher in the saddle, the industry was able to pull off high-level meetings that actually resulted in meaningful action.

 

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Today, when the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) brags about their photo opportunities with administration or political officials, that is arguably all that they are.  Bragging about photo opportunities.

 

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What is MHI, Clayton’s, 21st or other “insider” firm’s response to these #nettlesome issues?  Several, but they are indirect once.  Among them is to have a purported surrogate call for a boycott of one of the few industry voices that dares to publicly tell the uncomfortable truth.

What is harmful to smaller firms, is seen as beneficial by several larger ones. Who has said?

 

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MHProNews looks at the facts, considers the sources, and follows the evidence. 

 

Marty Lavin, Frank Rolfe, and several other industry voices.

 

 

Another manufactured housing industry source will be publishing a report on a related vexing issue, at about mid-day tomorrow.  Watch for it on the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

Manufactured housing should be performing at a much higher level that it now is, based on industry history pre-2003. It may take federal, state, shareholders’, and plaintiffs attorneys to break up the forces that are arguably working to the detriment of the industry at large.

Of course, in conjunction with that is the need for sound information and insight.  The Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington Amen corner, have they given it to you?  Will they?

As more shareholders attorney law firms are piling on Cavco, is it possible that some law firms will realize that it is more than just Cavco that has possible problems?

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Significant Drop in Housing Sales, Splits Experts on Cause-Effect

January 22nd, 2019 Comments off

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CNBC and the National Association of Realtors are among the sources that report a drop in resale activity for December of 2018.

 

Here are some significant bullets and pull quotes for factory-built housing professionals to consider.

The latest decline is harder to explain. Perhaps it is the decline in consumer confidence that’s been occurring in the latter half of 2018,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors. The latest numbers do not reflect the lower, current mortgage rates compared to the November figures, so it’s really harder to explain.”

 

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To put this in context, the rate for existing home sales is about 50 times that of HUD Code manufactured homes. So don’t let the MHI or related powers that be spin this fact.

 

This weakness is certainly due to the sharp home price gains along with the rise in mortgage rates,” said Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group, per CNBC.

 

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While positive demographics and a solid job market would normally offset this relatively modest rise in mortgage rates, it’s been about 10 years since mortgage rates have been as high as they were at the November peak – suggesting that there is a larger share of current homeowners who feel they are ‘locked in’ at a lower mortgage rate … reducing the number of them who would be looking for a home at a higher mortgage rate, said David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide, wrote Diana Olick.

The partial federal shutdown doesn’t factor in here, looking backwards, but it may going forward. “Looking ahead to 2019, expect weaker existing-homes sales as the new year ushered in a government shutdown and worsening economic uncertainty,” said Cheryl Young, senior economist at Trulia.

 

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Learn more about the cause and effect of manufactured housing’s slide, at this link here.

 

Affordability, rates, and a shift in uncertainty are among the debated points.  But each of these items – headwinds in conventional housing – could be used by manufactured home professionals to attract more buyers.  At various times in manufactured housing’s history, a drop in conventional housing would lead to a rise in manufactured home sales.

So why did manufactured housing slip before conventional housing?

 

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Was Clayton Homes, Their Manufactured Housing Institute, Racially Tone Deaf on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

January 22nd, 2019 Comments off


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It is a well-known concern that Clayton Homes, and their affiliated/sister Berkshire Hathaway owned lenders, has been repeatedly accused of “racism” and “predatory lending.”

Maxine Waters (CA-D), the new chairperson for the powerful Housing Financial Services Committee (FSC), and 3 of her colleagues are among those who have formally lodged that complaint. They cited the Seattle Times. Rep. Waters also said she believed Clayton to be ‘a near monopoly.’

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Others in media and nonprofits have covered that same issues and concerns

As recently as last year in Clayton’s hometown metro, Knoxville media made such allegations an issue.

Clayton denied it, but where is their logical follow through?

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Or where is MHI on this racial sensitivity issue?

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Recall, that following the Charlottesville episode, MHProNews invited Clayton, 21st Mortgage, and MHI leadership to provide a statement that asked them to publicly denounce racism. Their reply? Silence. By contrast, MHLivingNews.com published a lengthy tome on the subject, co-authored with the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr.

So, with that brief backdrop, how is it possible that Clayton and the Berkshire Hathaway dominated Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) made no mention this past weekend of the federal remembrance of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Just look at the various screen captures 1.22.2019, prior to 11:00 AM ET.

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Not only is nothing found on the MHI website or main social media, but also on the Clayton blog, Facebook, and on their Twitter pages – nothing about M.L. King Day. Why not do something as simple as what is shown below?

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Are they tone deaf?

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The more one looks, isn’t it more evident that MHI postures, without performance?

Or are these all clues that the allegations or racism may be true?

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How diverse has MHI, for example, been in their leadership in recent years?

By contrast, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is a model of diversity.

For further contrast, MHProNews on Monday published 4 stories, 2 of which were specifically tied to the late Dr. King’s remembrances. The other two Daily Business News items had elements related and cross-linked to the Rev. King, slavery, modern civil and/or religious rights issues.

The Backdrop to a Larger Issue

Why is manufactured housing suffering in the public perception? Is part of it caused – right or wrong – by an impression of racism, that the largest trade association and the largest producer of manufactured housing both failed to dispel? The largest block of buyers now – at least potentially – are millennials. Concerns about racism is on that group’s radar.

Time and again, MHI and Clayton fail to lead in easy or in meaningful ways, why?

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Millie Francis, Bradenton Tropical Palms ROC Resident, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Religious Discrimination, Fair Housing Act=Media Drama Continues

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The geckos on the left are in some cultures religious icons, one of many actual or potential examples in the same section of the community Millie Francis lives in, which parallels what she did with her home on the right.  Why is one on the right drawing pressure, and the other, not? 

The stark saga of 85-year old Millie Francis and the theatre involving her pre-HUD Code mobile home has made the page of the ubiquitous Drudge Report since our previous update, linked here.

 

As one of the most trafficked news websites on earth, when the Drudge team links up a topic, it means that subject has gone global.

Drudge linked to a report from the Bradenton Herald.   That local media reported late last week – included the video posted below – from their page, linked here.  This MHProNews update will complement their work, while exploring comments from manufactured home industry professionals, including 2 legal perspectives.  This Daily Business News account will thus plow new ground on this vexing controversy, that has put manufactured home living and alleged religious intolerance in the global spotlight.

Like it or not, the handling by the Bradenton Tropical Palms of this issue is no doubt adding to the stereotypical images that have dogged our part of the affordable housing industry, as quotes from the general public further below will attest.

Hear what Millie Francis has to say.

 

 

Meeting Millie, Hearing Her Story

The Daily Business News on MHProNews team met with Millie Francis in person Saturday evening, 1.19.2019.  That was one day after the mainstream media report linked here and the video above were published.

Among the points Francis raised in roughly an hour of on-the-record comments included her contention that there are several examples of unequal treatment occurring at Bradenton Tropical Palms. The featured image, and the image-laced download attached here, illustrate her points.

Before turning to specifics about her stated concerns, consider the pull-quotes from reporter Mark Young’s prior report in the Bradenton Herald. 

Young’s reporting thoughtfully raised issues useful in understanding the broader scope of what sparked this controversy Francis finds herself enmeshed in.

Young’s narrative made plain that Francis was purportedly reacting to the actions of her community’s management. Meaning, this commissioned artwork wasn’t something she did on a whim.  Rather, her decision flowed from a series of prior events that the community’s management itself arguably sparked.

Each of the following bullets are quotes from Young’s previous article, linked here.

  • “The painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of Mexico, is on the wood where her front window used to be. Francis wanted the window removed because the park’s security would shine their flashlights into the window at night, and she used to have a neighbor who liked to peek in to see what she was doing.
  • So in April, she informed the park that she wanted to remove the window and received permission to do so.
  • I didn’t know what I wanted to do in that space,” Francis said. “I was at church during Mass just before communion. To be honest, I wasn’t concentrating much on Mass because I was preoccupied with what am I going to do with this board? I said, ‘Please dear Lord, help me decide on what I want to do.’ I don’t want to say I had a vision or anything like that, but felt enlightened and received the inspiration from our Lady of Guadalupe to paint her image. So I promised that I would.”
  • Other residents have a variety of things in their front yards from dolphins to angels, but for some reason management decided Francis’ painting had to come down.
  • [Janet] Nowakowski [property manager for Vanguard Property Management out of Tampa, and also a community resident] first said Francis didn’t get permission through the park’s architectural review committee, but she did get permission to remove the window.”

To oversimplify the above for clarity, Millie Francis made this ‘architectural change’ as a result of actions and/or inactions by the resident owned community’s (ROC) security company. Francis has the right to privacy in her residence. That right to peaceful enjoyment of her home was being impinged upon, as the first bullet/quote above noted.

Another point from Young’s previous narrative for the Bradenton Herald is that Francis had a near-death experience.  Here is how Young described that episode, which preceded the more recent events involving her window being replaced by the painting on that OSB/plywood.

  • “Millie Francis, 85, is a devout Catholic and makes no apologies for her relationship with God and the Virgin Mary. About 16 years ago, she was having her sixth stent placed into her heart and while in recovery, she slipped away. Francis was clinically dead for more than 15 minutes.
  • Her family and Catholic priest at the time, surrounding her hospital bed, thought she had passed, but when she awoke, it was called a miracle that she not only returned to the living, but also didn’t suffer any brain damage from the long period without oxygen.
  • I’m blessed,’ Francis said. “At first I was asking my son why am I back here? I was with St. Jude. I didn’t want to come back. But I feel blessed to know I have more to do.””

Francis’ faith may differ from billions of others, but it is fair to say that she is a true believer.  The combination of the Bradenton Tropical Palms management’s actions, and her faith, led to this current standoff that has made news world-wide.

 

Legal and Industry Views on the Millie Francis Saga

Based upon our previous report and that of the Herald linked here, an attorney sent the following off-the-record comments to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

  • “Mrs. Francis should not agree to arbitration unless it is “non-binding.”
  • Mrs. Francis attorneys should ask to see the paperwork from any and all other residents who have added anything “artistic” to their homes.
  • I noticed that the artist remarked:  Brandt said she understands both sides, “But I do believe she should be able to keep it and it’s not hurting anyoneThere are a lot of people in that park that have different things on their trailers and some are religious as well. With her faith, this is what she wanted.”  This should of course be documented.
  • The local fair housing organization/group should be notified as they may wish to get involved (i.e. religious discrimination may be a factor here).”

That italics and red were in the original, and the last quoted bullet is noteworthy.  The significance of that will become more evident, as a fair housing attorney similarly weighed in on that last point, on-the-record. That attorney’s insights follow the comments from a manufactured home community operator, below.

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Brian Gallagher. Credit: LinkedIn.

It’s [issues like Francis’] not unique to our industry.  In fact, our industry has the advantage of common ownership of the sites and the ability to control to some degree what goes on a site (as opposed to a stick- built neighborhood without an association).  If this were one of our communities, I’d go to the Rules and Regs, and hope that we’d enforced them equally.  We certainly have religious statues in our communities year-round (as opposed to seasonal nativity scenes).  They don’t seem to offend anyone, but I can see how someone would draw the line on this much larger version,” said Brian Gallagher, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Santefort Real Estate Group, LLC.

 

Here’s an example of what’s going on elsewhere.  http://www.interest.com/home-equity/slide-show/deal-neighbors-bad-curb-appeal/

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Thanks for your [MHProNews] efforts on behalf of the industry,” Gallagher said.

 

Fair Housing Attorney, Nadeen Green

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Nadeem Green, JD, Fair Housing Attorney, author, and instructor.

If what other media has reported is accurate, then there is a strong possibility that the treatment of Millie Francis is contrary to the Fair Housing Act [FHA].  Religion has been a protected class under the FHA since its inception in 1968 (the FHA came into being one week after the assassination of Dr. King; something to think about as we celebrate his life and accomplishments today).  If [Millie] Francis has been treated differently than others who have displayed religious art of any nature, or if she is being held to administrative minutia purely as a pretext to require the removal of her art, then that is wrong for a number of reasons, including legal ones,” said Nadeen Green, JD.

Green was been known for years as the “Fair Housing Lady.”  As an attorney, she taught fair housing law in venues in numerous states, and has been a writer for the multifamily housing industry for years, including prior to her retirement, for MHProNews.

It is thus fair to say that Green is an expert on such Fair Housing Law related issues.  Her point that the Fair Housing Act may have been violated here thus ought to be taken seriously.

 

 

Next Legal Steps?

A hearing is looming regarding this matter involving Francis’ painting in the days ahead. Francis seemed uncertain of the precise date.

MHProNews has reached out to several parties involving these matters, but given the federal holiday weekend, most of them have not yet replied. That includes the community, the management company, and the law firm they’ve retained to deal with these troubling concerns.

A message sent by MHProNews to the community’s management company is linked here as a download. Similar messages have been sent to others for comments and reactions.

 

A Broader Context, plus Millie Francis’ Stated Desire

The relevance of issues of faith to Francis’ journey with her community’s management is beyond question.

But before diving into the faith-related components, let’s note that as recently as today, and many times over the years, MHProNews has featured quotes and speeches of a Baptist (Protestant-Christian) pastor, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. We’ve also featured Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, and Agnostic writings and thinkers, plus voices across the left-right spectrum.

As a trade publisher, ours has been a ‘wheat and chaff’ approach to all sources – meaning, take what is good, and ignore or discount the problematic.

So, what follows about a Catholic-Christian viewpoint should be understood within that framework and context.  Francis holds a widely-held perspective. It’s worthy of consideration, and is useful in discerning the drama that has unfolded in Bradenton Tropical Palms.

Francis doesn’t posture being something she is not.  She spoke to MHProNews about her own “sins” and her need for Jesus Christ’s redemption.  She stands by what she sincerely believes her faith and inspiration at that mass noted above is calling her to do.

Francis told the Daily Business News almost word-for-word what Young reported about being distracted during that mass.  As the time for her communion at that mass approached, the notion for having an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe painted to replace that window came to her mind.

She believes what she believes, is consistent, and has that kind of clarity.

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Only Young’s lack of explanation for manufactured home industry terminology could be faulted, which is addressed further below.

 

Not an Ethnic Thing…

Despite comments from readers of Young’s report in the Bradenton Herald, it is worth noting that Francis said she is not Hispanic.  She explains that she’s been “dark-skinned” her whole life.  Thus the attraction, so to speak, by Francis to Our Lady of Guadalupe is not one based in an ethnic or cultural milieu.  

At the end of Young’s article linked here about Francis were dozens of comments, several from non-Catholics.  At least one of them was arguably anti—Catholic. It mocked the Virgin Mary, Catholic beliefs, and so on.  In response to that public comment, came a four word posted reply from another commenter, who simply wrote “No Mary……No Jesus.”  While it wasn’t part of that respondent’s message, a common online search result that accompanied that phrase is “Know Mary, Know Jesus.”

When MHProNews asked her If you had your wish, how would you want this controversy to play out?  Francis immediately stated that she wanted the story of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” to be better known. She modestly added that she may not fully understand the story enough herself.

With that background in mind, two informational videos posted below are provided as an answer to her sincerely expressed request and prayer, which provides context for the decisions that the community and their attorneys are grappling with.

Those who dare view the two videos will better understand the significance to Francis and millions of others of the “Our Lady of Guadalupe” (OLG) story.  There are compelling reasons why the site of the story of OLG is perhaps the most visited religious attraction in the Americas.

With those understandings, the first video that follows is from a documentary, scientific perspective. But the second – a roughly three-minute video before the plug that follows the video’s narrative – sets the stage for understanding why OLG is revered by hundreds of millions in the Americas, and around the globe.  Simply put, there is strong scientific and historic evidence for what Francis believes.

 

 

From Catholic.org, a Brief Introduction to Our Lady Of Guadalupe

 

 

Call from a Supporter of Millie Francis, and Irony

A person who supports Millie Francis’ cause called MHProNews earlier today (1.21.2019).  He explained during a lengthy call the efforts he’s personally planned for her situation, and the study of the related issues he’d already made. He candidly admitted being Catholic, and said in part that he thinks the world needs a feminine voice to help bring healing to our nation.  So, like Francis, he’s personally drawn to the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  He said he will provide an on-the-record commentary via email in the days ahead.

So these are just some of those who have responded to Francis’ journey after her near-death experience, and the stressful circumstances in the manufactured home community for the 85-year-old widow woman related herein.

An irony to this tale is that some who drive by Millie’s home in the gated Bradenton Tropical Palms may have no clue that this image is that of the Madonna, the Mother of Jesus.  By contrast, a passer-by who knows something of art and culture might surmise the style to be Hispanic.  But unless the passer-by were a devout Catholic themselves, or someone who has read the related news accounts, they may have no idea as to the nature of the image of OLG and its message.

Rephrased, the drama sparked by the various media accounts has already begun the very thing that Francis’ simple faith inspired.  Meaning, a better understanding of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  How could this fragile heart-patient have conceived what would follow her decision to act on her impulse at mass to have this painting commissioned?

 

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MH Industry Perspective – Why This Matters in MHVille

There are any number of reasons why manufactured home industry’s professionals – of whatever background, faith, or no faith – should find this tale to be significant.

Here are a  few:

  • This episode debatably harms the image of the manufactured home industry in several ways, including that of resident owned communities (ROC).  Stating the obvious for clarity, mainstream media doesn’t have the same objectives that specialized MH industry trade media does.  Young’s story, while useful and accurate, doesn’t have as much context as one will find here.  Thus, even an accurate narrative without added flavor or insights from industry professionals or a trade media presentation of facts will leave mainstream readers with yet-another dim view of manufactured home living.
  • The mainstream media has long given ROCs a more favorable public hearing, right or wrong, than investor-owned properties.  As this matter currently stands, troubling reports of ROC management pressuring an 85 year old widowed heart-patient for roughly 9 months may chip away at the ROC image too.
  • For those outside of our industry, who don’t pick up on the fact that Francis lives is an ROC – a resident owned community – it casts the MH community sector at large in an unjustly dark light.
  • The Millie Francis story in the Bradenton Herald drew posted comments across-the-board, ranging from supportive to opposing her situation.  Many related to the location of the events, meaning, in a manufactured home community, though that wasn’t the terminology the public comments used.  Thus the ‘t-word‘ image (see Carville below) is exacerbated.
  • Residents in her community and manufactured home industry professionals are divided about the hullabaloo. Those divisions and comments are reflected in the published public perceptions, for good or ill.
  • Arguably all of this drama was avoidable, had management and their lawyers listened more on the front end, to their own failures that sparked these events.

Some of the posted comments by the general public are revealing.

The following are unedited, and are just a sampling of dozens found posted at the end of the article in the comments section, from the story linked here. Keep in mind that this is a widely read account, but only one of several by numerous media – state, regional, and national – about Francis and her commissioned OLG artwork.  So the following is only a tiny sense of the public impact this escapade has stirred.

  • If it were a painting of Hilary itwould be ok,” – Tom Rohrer

 

  • Don’t you all realize this will damage the prestegious look of the trailer park and may result in a drop in home values. You just cannot have art in a trailer park, ruins everything.” – Mike Dillon

 

  • The racist mobile park managers don’t know what Our Lady of Guadalupe means to Mexicans.” – Steven Spiff

 

  • This would be easily solved if she claimed that the painting was of a TG woman, and represented Gaia instead of Mary.
    Then the lawyers’ opposition would be spun as a hate crime and they’d have to pay to keep it preserved
    .” – Doctor Mark

 

  • There is a glaring issue in this country imo – that is a large majority of our legal and moral disputes are solved my the courts and lawyers. The people are loosing their grasp on our ability to self govern, because we won’t engage one another in a civil manner, so we leave it up to a bunch of slime-bag attorneys. At the end of the day, in court, this type of BS is based on opinion.This is an issue of religous freedom at the end of the day, and she should be allowed to display this unless there is some bylaw in the community which specifically says the Virgin Mary, or a Crucifix, Star of David, etc cannot be displayed – and I highly doubt that. Otherwise, Christmas deocrations wound not be permitted, and I’m sure there were a few of those this past Holiday.Anyone can be offended by anything these days, and I say God help us. If this lady was flying a Mexican flag, for instance, it would offend someone. So she happens to be displaying a picture of the Virgin Mary…hardly anything extreme or out of the ordinary when it comes to Latino Catholic norms. Leave her alone for God’s sake. She is 85 and doesn’t need this. She’ll be dead soon enough.” – Jay DeRush

 

Gallagher’s Right

Brian Gallagher is debatably correct in saying that this uproar isn’t one limited to manufactured home communities.  But this tale represents the reality that manufactured homes – unlike conventional housing – are widely misunderstood. The collage below has been used as an educational item, and has often sparked surprise from those who first see it, because they have no idea that modern manufactured homes (MH) can look like the homes shown.  But obviously many do.  Such realities are lost in this tragi-comic matter at an ROC, while negative stereotypes are reinforced instead.

 

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For newcomers to the website not familiar with modern manufactured homes, learn more by clicking the image above or the link here.

 

So for whatever reasons, a common perspective among MH industry professionals is that any issue involving mobile or manufactured homes seem to be exacerbated in the public mind.  It often sparks the inaccurate  – and offensive to many – view of manufactured homes as “the t-word” = trailers.’

 

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There is arguably a prejudice – based in large measure on ignorance – about manufactured homes and communities, as well as about certain aspects of specific Christian beliefs.  One nettlesome-yet-famous example is the one posted below.  The fact that the story of Millie Francis was coming to a head at the time of the memorial of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr federal holiday is poignant. There are many forms of prejudice, ignorance, and bigotry.  This tale has several possible examples of how a lack of good information – and avoidable behaviors – foster mistaken notions of reality.

As Dr. King wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

 

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Regrettably, the posture taken by Bradenton Tropical Palms – and those associated with them – in this matter are debatably fueling stereotypes that ought to be stamped out and corrected by proper information.  Francis is becoming an unintended metaphorical poster-child for several causes. Examples of a more balanced understanding of the Catholic perspective of Our Lady of Guadalupe were shown above.  What drew this trade publication to her story is where it took place.  So, what follows is the more accurate understanding of mobile and manufactured homes – and the diversity of their residents – summarized in the infographic, fast-facts, and quotes below.

 

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Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton did a detailed research paper for the National Association of Realtors last year, found as a download from an article linked here. The quote above is from her research.

 

Closing Thoughts

Francis spoke briefly to MHProNews this afternoon (1.21.2019), while we were interviewing another party with information about this matter.  Francis said she was having her heart checked, but would call back later once her medical exam was completed.  As of the time of this post, she has not made that return phone call. A follow up call to Francis has also not had a reply. This writer’s family met her, and we hope she is well.

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Tamas Kovach, this writer’s son, with Millie Francis on 1.19.2019 at her home.

MHProNews plans to update this report in the days ahead, with whatever replies the Bradenton Tropical Palms, their management company, and the attorneys who represent them care to share.

Once more, the letter sent to those parties earlier today is linked here as a download. That downloadable letter brings to light points that the sparked the legal opinions published above.  The photos and related quotes in that downloadable document are useful and necessary for a more complete understanding of the issues involved this ongoing controversy.

There is a melancholic poetry to the fact that this discussion with Francis occurred on the Martin Luther King Jr weekend remembrances. Let freedom and mutual respect ring. That’s “News Through the Lens of Manufactured Homes, and Factory-Built Housing” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, commentary, and analysis.)

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Earlier today, the Daily Business News on MHProNews published an article that featured the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a video with his famous I Have a Dream” speech.

 

His dream was tied into, per King’s own words, the American Dream.

The American Dream, properly understood, is at the heart of the ideals and purposes our industry serves.

Here are some famous pull quotes from King’s letter, which are followed by the text of his entire letter.

As one reads this, ponder it the light of the fight for justice, including #HousingChoice, #YIMBY, #EnhancedPreemption, and so on.  Then, these quotes and the letter itself will make sense to thoughtful #AffordableHousing and #ManufacturedHomes industry professionals, advocates, investors, policy wonks, and others.

2 Thoughtful Pull Quotes:

  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  • How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.

Some industry professionals directly or indirectly ask, why does MHProNews take a peaceful-yet-activist stance on accountability, calling out injustice, or spotlighting vexing issues inside or outside of the manufactured housing industry?  The quotes above and the letter below help to shed light on that timely question.

With that brief backdrop, MHProNews hereby presents the full text of his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” from the African Studies Center, University Of Pennsylvania, on MLK Day, 1.21.2019.  But it is arguably relevant every day, not just today.

 

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16 April 1963
My Dear Fellow Clergymen:
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against “outsiders coming in.” I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here. I am here because I have organizational ties here.

But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.

You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes. It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city’s white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative.

In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action. We have gone through all these steps in Birmingham. There can be no gainsaying the fact that racial injustice engulfs this community. Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States. Its ugly record of brutality is widely known. Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts. There have been more unsolved bombings of Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in the nation. These are the hard, brutal facts of the case. On the basis of these conditions, Negro leaders sought to negotiate with the city fathers. But the latter consistently refused to engage in good faith negotiation.

Then, last September, came the opportunity to talk with leaders of Birmingham’s economic community. In the course of the negotiations, certain promises were made by the merchants–for example, to remove the stores’ humiliating racial signs. On the basis of these promises, the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and the leaders of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights agreed to a moratorium on all demonstrations. As the weeks and months went by, we realized that we were the victims of a broken promise. A few signs, briefly removed, returned; the others remained. As in so many past experiences, our hopes had been blasted, and the shadow of deep disappointment settled upon us. We had no alternative except to prepare for direct action, whereby we would present our very bodies as a means of laying our case before the conscience of the local and the national community. Mindful of the difficulties involved, we decided to undertake a process of self purification. We began a series of workshops on nonviolence, and we repeatedly asked ourselves: “Are you able to accept blows without retaliating?” “Are you able to endure the ordeal of jail?” We decided to schedule our direct action program for the Easter season, realizing that except for Christmas, this is the main shopping period of the year. Knowing that a strong economic-withdrawal program would be the by product of direct action, we felt that this would be the best time to bring pressure to bear on the merchants for the needed change.

Then it occurred to us that Birmingham’s mayoral election was coming up in March, and we speedily decided to postpone action until after election day. When we discovered that the Commissioner of Public Safety, Eugene “Bull” Connor, had piled up enough votes to be in the run off, we decided again to postpone action until the day after the run off so that the demonstrations could not be used to cloud the issues. Like many others, we waited to see Mr. Connor defeated, and to this end we endured postponement after postponement. Having aided in this community need, we felt that our direct action program could be delayed no longer.

You may well ask: “Why direct action? Why sit ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood. The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. I therefore concur with you in your call for negotiation. Too long has our beloved Southland been bogged down in a tragic effort to live in monologue rather than dialogue.

One of the basic points in your statement is that the action that I and my associates have taken in Birmingham is untimely. Some have asked: “Why didn’t you give the new city administration time to act?” The only answer that I can give to this query is that the new Birmingham administration must be prodded about as much as the outgoing one, before it will act. We are sadly mistaken if we feel that the election of Albert Boutwell as mayor will bring the millennium to Birmingham. While Mr. Boutwell is a much more gentle person than Mr. Connor, they are both segregationists, dedicated to maintenance of the status quo. I have hope that Mr. Boutwell will be reasonable enough to see the futility of massive resistance to desegregation. But he will not see this without pressure from devotees of civil rights. My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, “Wait.” But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are) and your last name becomes “John,” and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness”–then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience. You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”

Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. Segregation, to use the terminology of the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber, substitutes an “I it” relationship for an “I thou” relationship and ends up relegating persons to the status of things. Hence segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, it is morally wrong and sinful. Paul Tillich has said that sin is separation. Is not segregation an existential expression of man’s tragic separation, his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness? Thus it is that I can urge men to obey the 1954 decision of the Supreme Court, for it is morally right; and I can urge them to disobey segregation ordinances, for they are morally wrong.

Let us consider a more concrete example of just and unjust laws. An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal. Let me give another explanation. A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up that state’s segregation laws was democratically elected? Throughout Alabama all sorts of devious methods are used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters, and there are some counties in which, even though Negroes constitute a majority of the population, not a single Negro is registered. Can any law enacted under such circumstances be considered democratically structured?

Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest.

I hope you are able to see the distinction I am trying to point out. In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar, on the ground that a higher moral law was at stake. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians, who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks rather than submit to certain unjust laws of the Roman Empire. To a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience. In our own nation, the Boston Tea Party represented a massive act of civil disobedience.

We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country’s antireligious laws.

I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that the present tension in the South is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which the Negro passively accepted his unjust plight, to a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

In your statement you assert that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But is this a logical assertion? Isn’t this like condemning a robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery? Isn’t this like condemning Socrates because his unswerving commitment to truth and his philosophical inquiries precipitated the act by the misguided populace in which they made him drink hemlock? Isn’t this like condemning Jesus because his unique God consciousness and never ceasing devotion to God’s will precipitated the evil act of crucifixion? We must come to see that, as the federal courts have consistently affirmed, it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence. Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber. I had also hoped that the white moderate would reject the myth concerning time in relation to the struggle for freedom. I have just received a letter from a white brother in Texas. He writes: “All Christians know that the colored people will receive equal rights eventually, but it is possible that you are in too great a religious hurry. It has taken Christianity almost two thousand years to accomplish what it has. The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth.” Such an attitude stems from a tragic misconception of time, from the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.

You speak of our activity in Birmingham as extreme. At first I was rather disappointed that fellow clergymen would see my nonviolent efforts as those of an extremist. I began thinking about the fact that I stand in the middle of two opposing forces in the Negro community. One is a force of complacency, made up in part of Negroes who, as a result of long years of oppression, are so drained of self respect and a sense of “somebodiness” that they have adjusted to segregation; and in part of a few middle-class Negroes who, because of a degree of academic and economic security and because in some ways they profit by segregation, have become insensitive to the problems of the masses. The other force is one of bitterness and hatred, and it comes perilously close to advocating violence. It is expressed in the various black nationalist groups that are springing up across the nation, the largest and best known being Elijah Muhammad’s Muslim movement. Nourished by the Negro’s frustration over the continued existence of racial discrimination, this movement is made up of people who have lost faith in America, who have absolutely repudiated Christianity, and who have concluded that the white man is an incorrigible “devil.”

I have tried to stand between these two forces, saying that we need emulate neither the “do nothingism” of the complacent nor the hatred and despair of the black nationalist. For there is the more excellent way of love and nonviolent protest. I am grateful to God that, through the influence of the Negro church, the way of nonviolence became an integral part of our struggle. If this philosophy had not emerged, by now many streets of the South would, I am convinced, be flowing with blood. And I am further convinced that if our white brothers dismiss as “rabble rousers” and “outside agitators” those of us who employ nonviolent direct action, and if they refuse to support our nonviolent efforts, millions of Negroes will, out of frustration and despair, seek solace and security in black nationalist ideologies–a development that would inevitably lead to a frightening racial nightmare.

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro. Something within has reminded him of his birthright of freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained. Consciously or unconsciously, he has been caught up by the Zeitgeist, and with his black brothers of Africa and his brown and yellow brothers of Asia, South America and the Caribbean, the United States Negro is moving with a sense of great urgency toward the promised land of racial justice. If one recognizes this vital urge that has engulfed the Negro community, one should readily understand why public demonstrations are taking place. The Negro has many pent up resentments and latent frustrations, and he must release them. So let him march; let him make prayer pilgrimages to the city hall; let him go on freedom rides -and try to understand why he must do so. If his repressed emotions are not released in nonviolent ways, they will seek expression through violence; this is not a threat but a fact of history. So I have not said to my people: “Get rid of your discontent.” Rather, I have tried to say that this normal and healthy discontent can be channeled into the creative outlet of nonviolent direct action. And now this approach is being termed extremist. But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” Was not Amos an extremist for justice: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.” Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Was not Martin Luther an extremist: “Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God.” And John Bunyan: “I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience.” And Abraham Lincoln: “This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.” And Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal . . .” So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime–the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

I had hoped that the white moderate would see this need. Perhaps I was too optimistic; perhaps I expected too much. I suppose I should have realized that few members of the oppressor race can understand the deep groans and passionate yearnings of the oppressed race, and still fewer have the vision to see that injustice must be rooted out by strong, persistent and determined action. I am thankful, however, that some of our white brothers in the South have grasped the meaning of this social revolution and committed themselves to it. They are still all too few in quantity, but they are big in quality. Some -such as Ralph McGill, Lillian Smith, Harry Golden, James McBride Dabbs, Ann Braden and Sarah Patton Boyle–have written about our struggle in eloquent and prophetic terms. Others have marched with us down nameless streets of the South. They have languished in filthy, roach infested jails, suffering the abuse and brutality of policemen who view them as “dirty nigger-lovers.” Unlike so many of their moderate brothers and sisters, they have recognized the urgency of the moment and sensed the need for powerful “action” antidotes to combat the disease of segregation. Let me take note of my other major disappointment. I have been so greatly disappointed with the white church and its leadership. Of course, there are some notable exceptions. I am not unmindful of the fact that each of you has taken some significant stands on this issue. I commend you, Reverend Stallings, for your Christian stand on this past Sunday, in welcoming Negroes to your worship service on a nonsegregated basis. I commend the Catholic leaders of this state for integrating Spring Hill College several years ago.

But despite these notable exceptions, I must honestly reiterate that I have been disappointed with the church. I do not say this as one of those negative critics who can always find something wrong with the church. I say this as a minister of the gospel, who loves the church; who was nurtured in its bosom; who has been sustained by its spiritual blessings and who will remain true to it as long as the cord of life shall lengthen.

When I was suddenly catapulted into the leadership of the bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama, a few years ago, I felt we would be supported by the white church. I felt that the white ministers, priests and rabbis of the South would be among our strongest allies. Instead, some have been outright opponents, refusing to understand the freedom movement and misrepresenting its leaders; all too many others have been more cautious than courageous and have remained silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained glass windows.

In spite of my shattered dreams, I came to Birmingham with the hope that the white religious leadership of this community would see the justice of our cause and, with deep moral concern, would serve as the channel through which our just grievances could reach the power structure. I had hoped that each of you would understand. But again I have been disappointed.

I have heard numerous southern religious leaders admonish their worshipers to comply with a desegregation decision because it is the law, but I have longed to hear white ministers declare: “Follow this decree because integration is morally right and because the Negro is your brother.” In the midst of blatant injustices inflicted upon the Negro, I have watched white churchmen stand on the sideline and mouth pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities. In the midst of a mighty struggle to rid our nation of racial and economic injustice, I have heard many ministers say: “Those are social issues, with which the gospel has no real concern.” And I have watched many churches commit themselves to a completely other worldly religion which makes a strange, un-Biblical distinction between body and soul, between the sacred and the secular.

I have traveled the length and breadth of Alabama, Mississippi and all the other southern states. On sweltering summer days and crisp autumn mornings I have looked at the South’s beautiful churches with their lofty spires pointing heavenward. I have beheld the impressive outlines of her massive religious education buildings. Over and over I have found myself asking: “What kind of people worship here? Who is their God? Where were their voices when the lips of Governor Barnett dripped with words of interposition and nullification? Where were they when Governor Wallace gave a clarion call for defiance and hatred? Where were their voices of support when bruised and weary Negro men and women decided to rise from the dark dungeons of complacency to the bright hills of creative protest?”

Yes, these questions are still in my mind. In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church. But be assured that my tears have been tears of love. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Yes, I love the church. How could I do otherwise? I am in the rather unique position of being the son, the grandson and the great grandson of preachers. Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.

There was a time when the church was very powerful–in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators.”‘ But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven,” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent–and often even vocal–sanction of things as they are.

But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.

Perhaps I have once again been too optimistic. Is organized religion too inextricably bound to the status quo to save our nation and the world? Perhaps I must turn my faith to the inner spiritual church, the church within the church, as the true ekklesia and the hope of the world. But again I am thankful to God that some noble souls from the ranks of organized religion have broken loose from the paralyzing chains of conformity and joined us as active partners in the struggle for freedom. They have left their secure congregations and walked the streets of Albany, Georgia, with us. They have gone down the highways of the South on tortuous rides for freedom. Yes, they have gone to jail with us. Some have been dismissed from their churches, have lost the support of their bishops and fellow ministers. But they have acted in the faith that right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. Their witness has been the spiritual salt that has preserved the true meaning of the gospel in these troubled times. They have carved a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment. I hope the church as a whole will meet the challenge of this decisive hour. But even if the church does not come to the aid of justice, I have no despair about the future. I have no fear about the outcome of our struggle in Birmingham, even if our motives are at present misunderstood. We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation, because the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned though we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny. Before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence across the pages of history, we were here. For more than two centuries our forebears labored in this country without wages; they made cotton king; they built the homes of their masters while suffering gross injustice and shameful humiliation -and yet out of a bottomless vitality they continued to thrive and develop. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands. Before closing I feel impelled to mention one other point in your statement that has troubled me profoundly. You warmly commended the Birmingham police force for keeping “order” and “preventing violence.” I doubt that you would have so warmly commended the police force if you had seen its dogs sinking their teeth into unarmed, nonviolent Negroes. I doubt that you would so quickly commend the policemen if you were to observe their ugly and inhumane treatment of Negroes here in the city jail; if you were to watch them push and curse old Negro women and young Negro girls; if you were to see them slap and kick old Negro men and young boys; if you were to observe them, as they did on two occasions, refuse to give us food because we wanted to sing our grace together. I cannot join you in your praise of the Birmingham police department.

It is true that the police have exercised a degree of discipline in handling the demonstrators. In this sense they have conducted themselves rather “nonviolently” in public. But for what purpose? To preserve the evil system of segregation. Over the past few years I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek. I have tried to make clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or perhaps even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends. Perhaps Mr. Connor and his policemen have been rather nonviolent in public, as was Chief Pritchett in Albany, Georgia, but they have used the moral means of nonviolence to maintain the immoral end of racial injustice. As T. S. Eliot has said: “The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.”

I wish you had commended the Negro sit inners and demonstrators of Birmingham for their sublime courage, their willingness to suffer and their amazing discipline in the midst of great provocation. One day the South will recognize its real heroes. They will be the James Merediths, with the noble sense of purpose that enables them to face jeering and hostile mobs, and with the agonizing loneliness that characterizes the life of the pioneer. They will be old, oppressed, battered Negro women, symbolized in a seventy two year old woman in Montgomery, Alabama, who rose up with a sense of dignity and with her people decided not to ride segregated buses, and who responded with ungrammatical profundity to one who inquired about her weariness: “My feets is tired, but my soul is at rest.” They will be the young high school and college students, the young ministers of the gospel and a host of their elders, courageously and nonviolently sitting in at lunch counters and willingly going to jail for conscience’ sake. One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters, they were in reality standing up for what is best in the American dream and for the most sacred values in our Judaeo Christian heritage, thereby bringing our nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in their formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Never before have I written so long a letter. I’m afraid it is much too long to take your precious time. I can assure you that it would have been much shorter if I had been writing from a comfortable desk, but what else can one do when he is alone in a narrow jail cell, other than write long letters, think long thoughts and pray long prayers?

If I have said anything in this letter that overstates the truth and indicates an unreasonable impatience, I beg you to forgive me. If I have said anything that understates the truth and indicates my having a patience that allows me to settle for anything less than brotherhood, I beg God to forgive me.

I hope this letter finds you strong in the faith. I also hope that circumstances will soon make it possible for me to meet each of you, not as an integrationist or a civil-rights leader but as a fellow clergyman and a Christian brother. Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.

Yours for the cause of Peace and Brotherhood, Martin Luther King, Jr.
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St. Petersburg police are warning families to pay attention to their children following an eight-month-long investigation into human trafficking involving two teenaged boys,” says Fox 13 YouTube page.  “Investigators and victim advocates said it’s very common for children to be lured by family, family friends, or through gaming apps and other social media apps into human trafficking.”  Their report is linked here.

 

It’s a tragic reality, worthy of consideration on the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s federal holiday. January 1, 1863, was the date of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.  But 156 years later, there is still human trafficking, though it takes at times different forms than what it did in pre-Civil War America. It should be noted that slavery was outlawed in England in 1833. While the data below is in French, the dates and nations involved are clearly understandable.  The U.S. was behind some nations, and ahead of others, in ending the practice of chattel slavery.

 

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Since the Fox video, the final suspect reportedly turned himself in.

 

 

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His Dream Was Rooted in American Dream, “Free At Last”

January 21st, 2019 Comments off

 

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Oppression enslaves both the oppressor and those who are controlled. The comfortable life of the oppressor may look appealing. But when the full scope of economic realities are properly understood, each loses, though one side obviously lost more.

 

Manufactured housing professionals should embrace Martin Luther King Jr. Day on numerous levels. Rev. King accomplished amazing things, but he was not a perfect man. With Dr. King, as with other mere mortals, one must discern and separate the wholesome wheat from the inedible chaff.

Manipulating economic, political, media, housing, and any other aspects of American life costs this nation trillions annually in lost economic output. Learn more at this link here and at the linked text/image box, below.

 

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The text of Dr. King’s speech –  delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. – per American Rhetoric, is as follows the video below. Note that the copyrighted version of the speech, from the federal archives, is found as a download, linked here.

For manufactured home, and other affordable housing professionals, the American Dream includes having the security and other benefits of homeownership.

 

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This abbreviated version of the famous speech by King is shown in the video below, which has had over 9.4 million views.  The longer version, after the text of the speech, has over 3.3 million views.

 

 

 

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I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. **We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.”** We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”1

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,    From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

 

 

There are several items from the civil rights movement era that are often misunderstood today. Several of these impact the issue of housing, politics, and economics.  See the related reports, linked below. The markets are closed today in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Wishful Thinking vs Facts, Evidence, Reason, and Manufactured Housing

January 20th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Two nights ago, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Office took the unusual step of publishing a denial of a mainstream media report by BuzzFeed News that had the talking heads on TV, radio, and in print astir for 24 hours.

 

Harvard law professor emeritus, Alan Dershowitz – a Democrat and civil libertarian – once more explained Friday night on Sean Hannity’s show why these fake news accounts are grounded in nothing of substance.  It goes back to the need for discernment.  That’s a point which independent, award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson has preached and is reported on at the link here.

 

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources.  See a recent report and Ted Talk video, linked here.

 

That Fox video embed code with Democratic-supporter Dershowitz is not yet available.  But another one from attorney Mark Levin – who was anti-Trump for quite some time – also discusses the same issues, references Dershowitz’s comments, and is posted below. This latest episode started by BuzzFeed raise issues that have and will continue to impact the manufactured home industry, all other professions, and society at large.

 

As important as that is, it is not the focus of this commentary that tees up our Sunday Morning weekly headline news report recaps.  Manufactured housing specific reporting is our emphasis again today.

As If…Wishful Thinking and Fake News vs,

Fact, Evidence, and Reason

 

As If?

As if George F. (F?) Allen would be the best tool in the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) shed to defend the Arlington, VA based trade group – as well as some of their largest members – was laughable.  But give “F” Allen credit.  At least he tried, and did so publicly.  As weak as “F” Allen’s effort may be, it is provided in full among the reports linked below, so you can decide for yourself how effective it is at defending Clayton, Cavco, MHI, et al from the mounting evidence of scandals.

Both Allen and the BuzzFeed stoked dramas have a few thinks in common. An arguable lack of objectivity, standards, or even common sense. Both rely upon an audience that may wish or hope that what the source says is true. Both cases involve the vast difference between evidence and reason, and everything else a matter of wishful thinking or a denial of reality.

Neither Kevin Clayton, nor Tim Williams, or Warren Buffett have disputed their own words or documents that have recently been reported at this link here. No conspiracy theories, evidence, documents, and direct quotes taken in context.  The sources have been given repeated opportunities to debunk or explain away the evidence.  Silence. That’s their 5th Amendment right.

So, having “F” Allen, MHI, or certain state association surrogates attempt any red herrings or head-fakes just reveals that they have no valid explanation, which implies that the linked evidence above is compelling.

Evidence, concerns, and allegations of market manipulation aren’t just in the past. They are in the here and now, and more are planned and underway for the days ahead. MHI – and some state associations – are part of that purported collusion. They are doing so despite MHI’s own published antitrust guidelines, linked here.

It’s been about a year since Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, MHI President and CEO, cancelled at the Louisville Show “at the last minute” his presentation on the Trojan Horse of the so-called “new class of homes” and related. Jennison apparently didn’t want to be publicly questioned by MHProNews, or by anyone else in the audience that read MHProNews, and were provided a list of questions to ask during the Q&A.

They can hide, but only for so long. Because the trend lines, truth, and evidence keep drip, drip, dripping out.

You can trust George F. (F?) Allen, or not, when he says there are no conspiracies to find. But who beside aptly named “F” Allen spoke about conspiracy? We re-published evidence from the sources in question. Let people like Allen – who continues to ducks from his own controversial practices that created negative news in the mainstream media for the industry, see the linked report on the Masthead below – use head fakes. If Allen, MHI or their surrogates had a real, logical argument, why don’t they make it? Why don’t they do so in public, at Louisville?

What are they afraid of? What are they hiding from?  Do they fear the reaction of the crowd, if they realize that they’ve been duped by people they count on to represent their interests?

 

The Evolution of these Issues

In fairness to the current power structure behind MHI, this is not a new phenomenon.  Rather, sources suggest it has arguably taken on new twists and turns.

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Danny Ghorbani, a structural and civil engineer, is a former Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Vice President and the Founding President and CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).  He is a 51-year veteran of the manufactured housing industry, who has represented all aspects of the industry in Washington, D.C., including, but not limited to, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, communities and developers, and has managed two national manufactured housing industry trade shows.  He is currently the Senior Advisor to MHARR.

Reached by MHProNews, Mr. Ghorbani stated on the record that:

From my personal experience, at any given time, the largest manufacturers tend to dominate that Association — i.e., the Manufactured Housing Institute. The same principal may well apply at the state association level.”

 

The Most Fireworks?

This upcoming event might be the most controversial Louisville Show in years.

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Literally from the biggest to the mid-sized or ‘mom and pop’ operations flock here to get the news and analysis no one else in MHTrade media has the guts to cover. That’s why friends, foes, and all others are on our site by the thousands, daily.  Meanwhile the manifestly pro-MHI, pro-Berkshire propaganda and related fluff go unread.

 

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George F (F?) Allen is one of the contributors to the MHInsider. Really? The photo above is from the last day of the Tunica Show, and the other racks looked the same.  Competition is healthy, because it allows people to compare. We might expect the MHVillage sponsored MHInsider – after the above and similar embarrassments at the Louisville Show last year – might learn their lesson, and pick up some of their own magazines, or perhaps pay some people to pick them up for them.

 

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With no further adieu, here are the recent reports, plus the headlines for the week that was, January 13-20th, 2019.

 

New January 2019 Featured Reports and Commentary

New January 2019 Featured Articles, including a report from Sharyl Attkisson, is linked here.

 

 

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What’s New on the Masthead

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Independent National Manufactured Housing Post-Production Association Takes Major Step

 

 

 

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Saturday 1.18.2018

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Friday 1.17.2019

 

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Insider Trades, New Cavco Industries Investigation, Selling – Plus More Manufactured Housing Stock Updates

 

Current & Forecast Investing Habits of Millennials, $30 Trillion Dollar Transfer of Wealth Looms

 

Thursday 1.16.2019

 

 

Global War On Cash? Plus, Manufactured Housing Equities Updates

Sobering Federal Report on Manufactured Housing Lending – Retailers, Communities, Producers, and Finance Companies – Take Note

An “Ideological Echo Chamber” – and Manufactured Housing Progress

 

Wednesday 1.15.2019

 

White House Thanks CNN’s Acosta, Plus Manufactured Housing Market Updates

 

New NAMHCO Association Challenges Manufactured Housing Institute on DTS, Financing, and More

No Kings in America? – John Sherman ‘Speaks’ to Manufactured Housing

 

Tuesday 1.14.2019

 

 

Clayton Homes’ Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Customer Experience Video, What It Says, What Does It Mean for Manufactured Housing Pros?

 

The Lighter Side of Manufactured Home Marketing?

Teen “Sex Slave” in “Mobile Home Park” – Kid Lured by Gaming App, per ABC, State Officials

 

Monday 1.13.2019

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage Corp and their “Strategic Moat,” Plus Manufactured Housing Equities Updates

The Future of Retail, Disney, ‘Trailer Trauma,’ and Manufactured Housing

Why Is Manufactured Housing Struggling During an Affordable Housing Crisis? Former MHI President, VP, Other’s Quotable Insights

State AG Files Suit Against, Manufactured Home Community, Rent to Own, Lease Purchase Option Warning

 

Sunday 1.12.2019

 

Exploring Corporate, Association, Individual, Investor, and Governmental Corruption Involving Manufactured Housing

 

Our publisher recently stated the obvious, which brings clarity. We are not mainstream media.  We do things differently.  We do what we do here, plus business development services for industry professionals and investors, so we stay BUSY.

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Many of our sources – and quotes – are from MHI insiders.

Or as the old Arby’s commercial used to say, “different is good.”  We’re not seeking a Pulitzer prize. Our goal is to identify the root causes of the manufactured and modular home industry’s malaise, and foster honest, ethical growth once again.

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That difference – the quality of the content – has kept us going, even after years of efforts by the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis to try to sideline or destroy us.  That speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

That’s more than enough from the best stocked serving line in all of MHVille of relevant Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, commentary, and analysis.)

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Pink Flamingoes, The Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, and Manufactured Home Community’s Mainstream Media Controversy

January 19th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Once an item hits the mainstream media, or even trade media, it can begin to shape a narrative that may help or harm that operation. In as much as people – potential consumers of manufactured homes – begin or continue to form opinions based upon headlines and news accounts, the prudent business professional must weigh several factors in arriving at a decision on an issue that could shape or harden opinions.

 

Impressions formed by public officials, investors, and the home seeking population might last for months – or years.

 

Last December, the Daily Business News on MHProNews curated such a controversial topic out of Florida. It involves a senior Hispanic woman and her decision to say no to community management, who cited the guidelines for living, insisting that she remove an image of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe from the street facing front end of her single section home.

That December 2018 report, which included an on-the-record legal view on an aspect of the matter, is found at the linked test/box below.

 

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By the letter of the agreement, the community may be correct.

But are they making the right decision?

That will be briefly explored in this update on the ongoing incident, via this report and analysis. Because this thorny case has once more hit the mainstream media.

 

The MHC Saga of Millie Francis

Christmas 2018 and Epiphany 2019 may well be in the rearview mirror on the calendar. But for Hispanic senior Millie Francis those celebrations no doubt live on in her heart and mind as part of what forms her intractable stance on this matter.

Community management was previously contacted by MHProNews, and opted not to say more than what is already in the main media.

A video of Francis explaining her view is posted below.

 

 

Here is a synopsis – via pull quotes – of what the latest report said, per the Brandenton Herald. Note that this story has drawn national attention, not only from Catholic media, but local, regional, and national mainstream media – plus here on MHProNews.

 

  • A legal battle is brewing over a portrait of the Virgin Mary an 85-year-old devout Catholic woman had commissioned to replace a window on her Bradenton mobile home.
  • Attorneys representing Bradenton Tropical Palms’ board of directors have filed paperwork announcing that Millie Francis “has been sued in this proceeding,” with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes.
  • The suit included a demand for arbitration, a process where an arbitrator’s ruling would be legally binding in order to keep it out of an actual courtroom.
  • The issue with Francis went public in early November when property management demanded she remove the painting, which depicts Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Francis declaring, “They’ll have to kill me first.”
  • At the heart of the issue is whether the management of Tropical Palms is singling out Francis specifically for the subject matter of the painting. Management insists that the demand to remove the painting have nothing to do with religion and that Francis simply didn’t follow through on park rules pertaining to the replacement of her front window.
  • However, attorneys acknowledge in the documents that Francis submitted the forms, “but with no request for an overall change in appearance or design.”
  • Management insists Francis was required to submit additional requests to do the painting itself. Francis is not be targeted because of her religious beliefs, the lawyers said.
  • “This is pointed out solely to rebut the fact that (Francis) has attempted to turn the enforcement matter into an alleged discriminatory action by the board, when in fact, that allegation could not be further from the truth,” the documents state.
  • Francis isn’t buying that argument, noting that if the painting was of flowers she doubts this would have become an issue at all.
  • “It’s anti-Catholic and I don’t care what anybody says,” Francis said. “I’m sorry, but that’s what it is. I wasn’t late putting it up. That’s not the issue. It’s me and the painting.”

 

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Pink Flamingoes and The Virgin Mary – What to Do?

Some years ago, in a suburb outside of the Houston metro, I did a consulting project with a manufactured home community owner who had a solid 4 star property. That owner had serious backing from a billionaire. He wanted to change the image of his property, to set it apart from that of the industry at large.  His community was nearly new.  But it had been struggling for occupancy for years.  Despite the quality of the property, and large sums invested in marketing and other move-in incentives, the location was less than optimal in various ways,” said manufactured home industry veteran consultant and publisher, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach.

As part of his marketing theme for the land-lease community, the owner stressed that the property ‘had no pink flamingoes.’ For him, it was a metaphorical way of setting himself apart from those manufactured home communities that had loose standards that made a place look cheap. With sidewalks, a large community park with picnic tables, flowers, trees, playground, swimming pool and more, tawdry pink flamingoes was the opposite of the image he had in mind,” Kovach said.

We had been successfully testing a variety of unique, even unusual, marketing outreaches. They were getting traction at a price less costly and more profitable than other efforts they had previously made. But one day a resident, in violation of the guidelines for living, put two pink flamingoes on the street side facing of her home. As I recall,” Tony Kovach said, “the owner wrestled with the issue personally, for all the reasons a community operation can imagine. As much as he hated it, he decided to let those pink flamingoes stay. We obviously had to drop that ‘no pink flamingoes’ mantra from the marketing message.”

The marketing campaign had no noticeable impact from that change,” said Kovach. “You could debate his choice either way, for all the reasons an attorney or portfolio operation knows. But that resident was happy, even though he as an owner was personally irked by the entire episode. That was pink flamingoes. In this case in Florida with a senior Hispanic woman named Millie Francis, who is by all accounts, a serious practicing Catholic Christian. The woman believes God Almighty wants her to fight this fight on behalf of the Virgin Mother of the Lord Jesus, manifest in the powerful cultural and religious symbolism of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Is this matter really that hard to figure out?”

 

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It is slowly approaching a year since the Millie Francis story has made headlines in local, regional, and even national news.  It frankly adds to the negative image of the entire community sector, and by extension, the industry at large.

Sometimes in business, one finds a way to forgo a right in order to achieve a higher good. How long before those property owner/management in Florida realizes that they have cost themselves, and untold others in the industry, in a fight that even if they win, it’s been costly in the eye of public opinion?

Think about the various interest groups that this ongoing imbroglio may offend.

 

  • Per Wikipedia, here in the U.S., “Christians represent 73.7%of the total population, 48.9% identifying as Protestants, 23.0% as Catholics…”
  • The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060,” according to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).
  • 50.8 percent of the population is female, says the Census Bureau.
  • 17 percent of the population is Hispanic, says Wikipedia, and they are by many accounts, among the fastest growing minority populations.
  • While the 2010 Census puts the white-only population at some 63.7 percent, that’s shifting. Would other minority groups identify with this Hispanic lady’s plight?
  • In 2016, 36.6 percentof household heads rented their home, close to the 1965 number of 37 percent, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center based on data from the Census Bureau,” per a report last year from CNBC. 
  • Potential downsizers, up-sizers, first time buyers, etc.

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How does an incident like this encourage or discourage groups – like the above – from considering the manufactured home lifestyle?  If you were not an industry professional, how would it influence you?

 

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Is there anyone that in some form or fashion that this incident may not offend?

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