The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson corrected reports that his decision to change the department’s mission statement signaled a rollback on inclusion in a Thursday email to staff.
Carson said the changes made to the Obama-era HUD mission statement were meant to clarify a wordy statement, reports HuffPost.
The removal of the phrases “inclusion” and “discrimination free” do not mean the department will stop seeking those two values, Carson told HUD staff in an email.
“As in previous Administrations, HUD is considering modest changes to the Department’s mission statement to make it a more clear and concise expression of the historic work this agency performs on behalf of the American people. You can be sure of one thing—any mission statement for this Department will embody the principle of fairness as a central element of everything that we do,” Carson’s email read.
Reports circulated Monday that Carson would be scrapping the phrases “inclusion” and “discrimination free” from the Obama statement, a move many thought was a backing away from those promises.
“It’s not enough that I merely assert these news reports are patently false; it’s necessary that I personally address them and reassure you, the HUD family, that nothing could be further from the truth,” Carson said in his email.
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