People have the right to live their life and run their place of business ANY WAY THEY WANT within the confines of the law. So, what happens when the right verbage, the right words are used to justify what I consider discriminatory behavior ? I know what you are probably thinking “live and let live Nancy”.
One day I was missing the days of working media at Austin Newz. Since it was City Council Meeting Day Thursday afternoon April 13, 2017 well, I decided to go into a City Council meeting. It was late in the day and most of the attendees were gone however I could not believe that I had walked into the good topic of Affordable Housing also called Smart Housing. I thought, “oh wow good topic” as I sat down in one of the seats for the Media people. Austin Texas City Council Meeting on Thursday April 13, 2017 and Agenda Item 24 was “Approve a resolution relating the procedures for implementing affordable housing goals in the Austin Strategic Housing Plan.” Just in case you are unfamiliar with Smart Housing also called Affordable Housing. Let me explain that Smart Housing also called Affordable Housing is where because of a persons income person will pay about 1/2 of the standard rent so can live in a nicer neighborhood and nicer set of apartments. For example if the rent on a one bedroom is typically for all people $1400 then the rate of the apartment unit is about $760 at Smart Housing also called Affordable Housing. In case you would like to see the City Council meeting of Thursday April 13, 2017 Agenda Item 24, you can view the video in the City Council meetings archives section of the City of Austin Texas website. All City Council meetings are available to view on video at www.austintexas.gov
I was completely shocked and speechless when the City Council item 24 started to be discussed by Kathy Tovo who is Council Member representing District 9 of Austin Texas. I heard Kathy Tovo say that in order to maintain the quality of the neighborhoods she proposed that the Tax Credit apartment recipients did NOT HAVE TO have any apartments at Smart Housing also called Affordable Housing Rates. Did you catch those key words “in order to maintain the quality of the neighborhood” those key words are saying we cannot maintain our quality of the neighborhood with your ghetto people coming in. Those are very strong keywords of “in order to maintain the quality of the neighborhood. MAYBE behavior modification for a NEW different type of environment can be given instead of the all over attack. After Kathy Tovo introduced the idea the Mayor of Austin, Texas Jewish Mayor Steven Adler quickly said that he agreed then before you knew it Item 24 of City Council Meeting on April 13, 2017 was passed. The ONLY REASON I mentioned that the Mayor of Austin Texas is Jewish is because I thought the Mayor of Austin Texas being Jewish would be good because his ancestors know about the dangers of discriminatory behavior (Adolf Hitler). The go ahead on apartments to accept tax credits without giving something in return was passed using verbiage, using words that sounded caring to justify the behavior and actions of no smart housing no affordable housing rates. In a nutshell Austin, Texas City Council said that it was ok for apartments to receive tax credits from the City of Austin Texas and not have to have any apartments at Smart Housing also called Affordable Housing Rates. Justification being because they the apartments did not want to ghettoize the neighborhood (remember they used the words “in order to maintain the quality of the neighborhood”. OK, so what happens when other apartments say DISCRIMINATION because they got no tax credits and their is no separation between apartments that get tax credits and apartments that do not get tax credits!
I like millions of ALL types of customers have given Rudy’s money on many occasions when dined and had a DELICIOUS MEAL at Rudy’s BBQ. Rudy’s BBQ also owns Mighty Fine Burgers. I had not noticed that all of the Rudy’s BBQ employees have one thing in common and that is NO TATTOOS. I sometimes maintain a file of job applications to use as a learning tool and a learning experience. I just was not prepared to have anyone ask me , if I had any tattoos during a telephone pre-interview. Then they (Rudy’s) sent me an email asking me if I had any tattoos along with a couple of other questions. At the job interview, guess what the Human Resources female asked me ? Do you have any tattoos and I at that point I was livid (angry) and replied, “like I said in the telephone pre-interview to the gentleman and like I answered in the email the answer is NO I do not have any tattoos. Which is true, I do not and never have had any tattoos (since they can be removed). The next time I walked into Rudy’s as I approached the cashier station I noticed that the line was filled with ALL TYPES OF CUSTOMERS ready to pay for their food items however it was true not one Rudy’s employee had a tattoo. The keywords are “ALL types of customers”.
This is just one planet with a VARIETY of people. You can stay in your own cubicle traveling in your bubble but, “hey are you getting customers, money etc from ALL types of people”? If your answer is “no” well then goodie gum drops for you. Discrimination can be standard OR discrimination can be what I call Lacy Discrimination where verbiage and words are used to justify the discrimination where people say “hum well”. Let me give you an example of what I call Lacy Discrimination : “my mom has a heart condition and was in the hospital ill until recently and now she is staying with my sister in San Antonio, Texas because she is unable to live by herself. Ok, so my mom being old school does not like tattoos or people putting the spoon in her coffee she orders at a restaurant. WHAT IF we go to a restaurant, we are assigned a waiter who takes our beverage order then the tattoo waiter comes with a spoon in the coffee …. OOH MAMA has a heart condition she just got out the hospital CAN YOU PLEASE send us over a different waiter AND BAM …… Lacy Discrimination verbiage used to justify behavior of discriminating against the waiter with tattoos. You see, the words are true in Lacy Discrimination because mama does have a heart condition, mama just got out the hospital and mama just might plop over and die if she gets upset.
HEY, I understand the feeling of NEVER BEFORE AROUND and WHAT WOULD PEOPLE SAY and OH MY GOSH DID YOU SEE THE NEIGHBORS. I am being neutral and not going to bust your balls with a nut cracker or clip your titty nipples with a nail clipper. I do not and never have had any tattoos (since they can be removed) and I have never been on any type of illegal drugs (cocaine, marijuana, etc) or psychiatric medications (Prozac, etc). The first time I saw the handsome David Beckham with his tattoos as my legs trembled I thought “oh my gosh wow he has tattoos and lots of them”. However, I did not let the tattoos be a deciding factor in me liking him, in fact I set him a message that he clicked like on … the message said “I’ve never done a man with tattoos but you could be the first (flirt wink)”. So, as I was saying just to be fair and neutral to all sides let me share with you something that my mom says a lot, “Nancy their is no discrimination it is all how people carry themselves and their attitude that lets them be accepted or rejected.” (well that is true to a certain point until you get an email from Rudy’s about tattoos). Many people have never been around someone with tattoos, many have never been around people on Smart Housing also called Affordable Housing where because of the persons income tenant pays about 1/2 of the standard rent so can live in a nicer neighborhood and nicer set of apartments. Many people have never been around people on Food Stamps, many people have never been around etc etc ….. so the impression that is given can be a lasting impression and have a lasting sometimes damaging effect.
In conclusion, let me just end with saying that some people regardless of how many tattoos they have or what they have done WOULD PREFER to take their kids to places where people have no tattoos. You see as adults we might have tattoos, smoke marijuana or even have to be on psychiatric medications BUT when it comes to our kids it’s NO. Parents typically want better or different for their kids that’s why typically parents pave the road so their kids do not have to walk on unpaved rocky road. I’m sorry and I know that it hurts but that is the honest truth. Do I still eat at Rudy’s and Mighty Fine Burgers ? Yes, and that is because I enjoy eating a delicious meal. The deciding factor for me of going to Rudy’s and Mighty Fine Burgers is …… will I enjoy a delicious meal and the answer is yes and I know that David Beckham would go to Rudy’s and Mighty Fine Burgers too … Hum maybe we can go together 🙂 . We have to understand that SOME PEOPLE really do not want to pay $1500 for a one bedroom then have Bob come pay $785 for the same apartment because Bob may not be in the same social circles, have the same attitude towards life, have the same behavior, have the same manners as the people paying $1500 for a one bedroom. We have to understand that SOME PEOPLE really do not want to go to an eatery and TAKE THEIR KIDS to an eatery where they are served by people with tattoos showing. REMEMBER regardless if we agree or do not agree people have the right to live their life and run their business ANY WANT THEY WANT within the confines of the law.