Meeks says minority contracts should only go to blacks

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    BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter/fspielman@suntimes.com Dec 17, 2010 02:32AM


    Mayoral challenger James Meeks scrambled Thursday to put out a political fire touched off by his suggestion that only African Americans should be eligible for city contracts set aside for minorities and women.

    Meeks made the statement on Wednesday during an interview on WVON-AM (1690). It happened during a discussion of why African-American businesses got a 7 percent sliver of Chicago’s $1 billion spending pie through Aug. 31, down from 8 percent a year ago.

    “The word ‘minority’ from our standpoint should mean African American. I don’t think women, Asians and Hispanics should be able to use that title,” he said. “That’s why our numbers cannot improve — because we use women, Asians and Hispanics who are not people of color, who are not people who have been discriminated against.”

    Hours after making those remarks, Meeks back-tracked by saying he would only exclude white women if elected mayor. The set-aside program currently earmarks 25 percent of all city contracts for minorities and 5 percent for companies owned by women.

    “I don’t believe white women should be considered in that count ….You have white women in the category. They receive contracts. Then, white men receive contracts. Where does that leave everybody else?” he told Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 news.

    On Thursday, Meeks issued a written statement further clarifying his remarks. It emphasized that “all minority- and women-owned businesses” deserve their “fair share” of city contracts. But Meeks also noted that “systemic corruption” has allowed white-owned “fronts” posing as minorities and women to defraud the program and make African-Americans the “most under-represented among city contractors.”

    The explanation came too late to put out the political fire.

    read it all here.
    Meeks says minority contracts should only go to blacks - Chicago Sun-Times
     
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    Seems like the perfect example of why He is not qualified for the Position.
     
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    Meeks sounds like a typical racist.
     
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    Just another racist POS.
     
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    A racist and not a very bright one at that.

    WVON's demographic is black listeners so he was probably a big hit with them with his original comments. But then in trying to walk them back a bit he angered others and then had to give it yet another go on Fox.

    Like Obama this guy's not ready for prime time.
     

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