President Barack Obama is treading unfamiliar territory as the first president to deliberately and systematically assemble huge databases of information based on Americans' race, socioeconomic status, housing status, and a plethora of other information.

The president aims to use the databases to help further his efforts at prosecuting cities and housing developments who, knowingly or not, exhibit signs of segregation or unfairness. Obama's secret databases will help prosecutors decide whether municipalities will qualify for government subsidies or whether the federal government will mandate changes for those delinquent cities to continue to receive funds.

Obama's secret database likely won't remain a secret for long. There are plans to make the information available publicly online, which would open the door for private lawsuits against cities or neighborhoods who are acting "unfairly" towards minorities.

The news of Obama's Big Brother database comes on the heels of his Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing program (AFFH), instituted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. AFFH will be used by government officials to determine whether minority housing is being discriminated against in terms of school choices, proximity to grocery stores, and what neighborhoods minorities live in.

If a city is found to have discriminatory housing or schooling data, that city will be ineligible for federal funds until it submits a plan to fix the disparity.

While every American deserves a good and equal chance at schooling, fair housing, and fair employment, there also comes a point in time when someone's personal choices must be taken into consideration.

If, for instance, a black family doesn't want to live in the suburbs, but instead wants to remain in an "intercity" neighborhood, should that represent a disparity because of one less black family in the suburbs?

Obama's intentions may be innocent, but the results are disastrous for the free will and choice of Americans. We don't need a Big Brother-like database to enforce desegregation. If you force something, things inevitably get broken.

h/t: New York Post



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