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Cincy NAACP complains on school jobs

Published: Tue, January 12, 2010 @ 9:48 a.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Some Cincinnati civil rights leaders are demanding more work for blacks on public school construction projects.

Members of the NAACP and a Baptist ministers group warned at a school board meeting Monday night that they would oppose future tax levies if minority contracting figures aren’t improved.

School officials say nearly 12 percent of the $704 million spent so far on a sweeping school-rebuilding effort has gone to minority-owned companies. But Christopher Smitherman, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People local president, and others, contend the district is overstating things.

While disagreeing with the NAACP estimates, school leaders agreed to make a good-faith effort to do better on black participation.


1RogerClegg(6 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Why do race or ethnicity need to be considered at all in deciding who gets awarded a contract? It's fine to make sure contracting programs are open to all, that bidding opportunities are widely publicized beforehand, and that no one gets discriminated against because of skin color or national origin. But that means no preferences because of skin color or what country your ancestors came from either--whether it's labeled a "set-aside," a "quota," or a "goal," since they all end up amounting to the same thing. Such discrimination is unfair and divisive; it costs the taxpayers money to award a contract to someone other than the lowest bidder; and it's almost always illegal—indeed, unconstitutional—to boot (see 42 U.S.C. section 1981 and comments we submitted to the Colorado DOT here: http://www.ceousa.org/content/view/65... ). Those who insist on engaging in such discrimination deserve to be sued, and they will lose.

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