(WASHINGTON POST) Emily Badger — In the weeks leading up to the Obama administration’s announcement this month of major new rules targeting segregation, the civil-rights lawyers and housing activists I talked to often sounded exhausted. From waiting, and advocating, and waiting. From bearing the load of their own skepticism.
Some of them had been fighting to repair flaws in the Fair Housing Act from the moment it passed, in 1968. Many had worked on a campaign to pry a similar rule from Department of Housing and Urban Development more than 15 years ago, only to watch it collapse in the Clinton years.