There are plenty of wealthy celebrities who portray themselves in public as kind-hearted humanitarians while in private they are actually only concerned about looking out for their own particular interests, and that would appear to include NBA All-Star Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
It would appear that Curry and his wife Ayesha, who in public are good little progressives who espouse all of the proper social justice and equity ethos, quietly opposed the construction of an affordable housing development near their multi-million dollar California home, the New York Post's Adam B. Coleman wrote in an op-ed.
Curry and his wife had cited "safety and privacy" as their main concerns, but Coleman suggested the hypocritical move by the ultra-wealthy professional basketball player was a glaring example of the worsening divide between America's wealthy aristocratic class and the poor and middle-class workers.
Business Insider reported that Steph and Ayesha Curry, who live in the city of Atherton in one of America's wealthiest areas, joined with other wealthy residents in expressing their opposition to a planned residential development that would alter local zoning and density rules to allow for the construction of 16 three-story multi-family townhomes offering affordable housing for non-wealthy residents.
The development is in line with a state mandate that has existed in California since 1969 that requires all cities and communities to periodically update their zoning laws in order to ensure that there is sufficient affordable housing available for the state's residents, and cities and communities that failed to do so by a Jan. 31 deadline this year risked facing lawsuits and losing eligibility for various state-funded grants.
In a letter sent on Jan. 18 to Atherton's mayor and city manager, Curry wrote that he and his wife had been "following along" with the city's ongoing discussion about the planned housing development and expressed how "pleased" he was that it hadn't been authorized during a December meeting.
"We hesitate to add to the ‘not in our backyard’ (literally) rhetoric, but we wanted to send a note before today’s meeting. Safety and privacy for us and our kids continues to be our top priority and one of the biggest reasons we chose Atherton as home," he continued. "With the density being proposed at 23 Oakwood, there are major concerns in terms of privacy and safety with three-story townhomes looming directly behind us."
"We kindly ask that the town adopts the new housing element without the inclusion of 23 Oakwood," Curry concluded. "Should that not be sufficient for the state, we ask that the town commits to investing in considerably taller fencing and landscaping to block sight lines onto our family’s property."
In his op-ed for the Post, Coleman asserted that Curry, like many other wealthy liberals, had "scammed" Americans into believing that he was a "righteous warrior for equality" in a society sharply divided along racial lines.
However, Coleman wrote, "social-justice aristocrats" like Curry and others "are willing to bloviate in the media about their fight for the advancement of the common man but will do everything possible to not live near us; they had a moat surrounding castles for a reason."
"Now this so-called humanitarian is attempting to get rid of that possibility for others by leveraging his wealth and notoriety to prevent regular people from having a small piece of what he has: a safe home to call theirs," he continued.
"Steph Curry doesn’t have to live next to 'commoners' if he doesn’t want to, and he has more than enough resources to ensure that he doesn’t," Coleman concluded. "But don’t project yourself as someone who cares about the quality of life that Americans experience when you actively work to destroy it."
For what it is worth, local NBC affiliate KNTV reported that, much to the dismay of opponents like Curry and other wealthy residents, Atherton officials ultimately authorized the planned development to proceed to the next phase of the multi-family affordable housing project next door to his home.
However, the outlet noted that the next phase is a public hearing process that could take as long as three years to complete before any building permits are issued and ground is broken for actual construction -- meaning Curry has plenty of time to find another ultra-wealthy area to move to so that his family won't have to live next door to mere "commoners."