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The ‘Whitest town in North Texas’ fights to keep it that way

This might just be the ideal place to film a remake of “Birth Of A Nation,” D.W. Griffith’s silent film extolling the KKK.

Proud of its designation as a “film friendly community” by the Texas Film Commission, the Dallas suburb of Sunnyvale is not extending a friendly spirit toward low income people and African American families.

The new issue of D Magazine has an interesting story of the obstinate fight by the Dallas suburb to keep out affordable housing and lower income families — especially African-Americans.

“The attitude is these are low-income scummy people, and we don’t want these type of people in our town,” say the town’s former newspaper editor.

I started my commitment to housing justice for people and communities with low incomes in 1975 in Austin's Clarksville community. These years of working side-by-side with dedicated community leaders to find solutions to housing and community development challenges have taught me some things and I’m learning new things every day.

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