Chicago mayoral candidate: The word “minority” should be for black people only

Posted by: ST on December 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Liberal-on-liberal fighting over “minority set-asides.” Gotta love it:

State Senator James Meeks, a reverend at a South Side church and a candidate for mayor of Chicago, was trying to talk about his education policy yesterday.

Instead, during a forum on WVON radio, he wound up making another round of controversial comments about race. [Click here for video of Meeks’ remarks. — ST]

Meeks was talking about the city’s programs designed to benefit minority- and women-owned enterprises, which mandate that a certain share of city contracts go to such businesses.

“I think that the word ‘minority,’ from our standpoint, should mean African-American,” Meeks said, as reported by FOX Chicago. “I don’t think women, Asians and Hispanics should be able to use that title. 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.”

Later, when asked to clarify, he said that the City Hall programs should only stop their set-asides for “white women.”

As a result of the uproar, the Meeks campaign today issued a press release trying to “clarify” his remarks:

Today, the Meeks campaign released a statement saying that the candidate “strongly believes all minority and women-owned businesses deserve their fair share of City contract opportunities.”

But Meeks’ campaign said corruption in the program has left African American-owned businesses “the most underrepresented among city contractors. Lucrative contracts have repeatedly gone to companies disguised as minority- or women-owned, resulting in multiple investigations, firings and imprisonment on this issue,” Meeks’ campaign’s statement reads.

“As mayor, he would put an end to the corruption and lack of accountability that has been allowed to go unchecked,” the statement reads.

LOL. This guy’s ability to flip-flop would make Senator John “Flip Floppin'” Kerry jealous. ;)

But seriously, here’s an idea: How about setting aside all “minority set-asides” permanently because, well, aren’t they discriminatory, too? After all, they’re only available to so-called “minorities”, right? Of course we can’t do that, though, because it’s extremely important to liberals to divide everyone up into little victim groups and make them feel like they need to be “rescued” and “protected” from “The Man” – and who else can best “protect” them but “concerned” Democrats? At least that’s the way they’ve set the narrative for the last 50 years or so, anyway.

The whole scheme makes me nauseous. I can’t wait for the day when a majority of “minorities” finally wake up and see how just much damage liberals have inflicted not only on specific “victim” groups but America, also, thanks to the left’s politically-motivated need to try and keep “minorities” in a corner. As I’ve said before, the day that awakening happens will be the day that modern-day uber-liberalism’s phony boogeyman will be laid to rest – permanently.

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8 Responses to “Chicago mayoral candidate: The word “minority” should be for black people only”


  1. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    “I think that the word ‘minority,’ from our standpoint, should mean African-American.”

    Really? My wife is a beautiful black African woman, and I am a white American male. Our son fits in State Senator James Meeks’ racial classification system – how? Perhaps Meeks could create a new category for folks like our son. A manority, perhaps; or a mijority. Maybe they will get partial set-asides.

    There are also other issues to consider. If (for instance) the government pays reparations for slavery, does our son get a full share, or only a half-share, or maybe no share because his blood is racially polluted by his papa (meaning me)? Does his white half discriminate against his black half? Can he sue his white half for “hate crimes”? Can he attend a blacks-only college like Prairie View A&M in Texas? Will he be able to sing, “We Shall Overcome”, or will he have to sing, “We Shall Overcome Up To A Certain Point”? Can he participate in “Black Pride” activities, but for only half a day? And if so, which half?

    If racial categories and set-asides are the answer, then it was a stupid question.

    (BTW: I refuse to use the term “African-American”. There is nothing remotely “African” about those who fancy themselves “African-Americans”. Africa, where my wife was born and raised, is a geographical term, not a racial category. My ancestors were from Germany, but I am an American, not a German-American.)

  2. Neo says:

    On Sunday mornings, the radio stations used to (perhaps still do) run those public service programs starting about 4:30 AM on.
    When I listened, I noticed that the programs always started out talking about “minorities” but 5 or 10 minutes in, they dropped “minorities” for “blacks” or “African-Americans”.
    Meeks has merely moved up the clock.

  3. Carlos says:

    Here’s an idea: Instead of begging for more protected handouts from “da man”, how ’bout cleaning up your slimy, stinkin’ cesspool city so that legitimate contractors can bid and win?

    I know, y’all won’t be able to compete with all those shtinkin’ white buttheads ’cause they undercut all your bids, but seems to me that’s the road that’ll get you to prosperity faster as a “minority” than any set-asides ever would, could or should.

    But I guess that’s like askin’ your savior prez to make a lick of sense just once in his life without lying.

  4. Jo says:

    We black and we deserve yo hard-earned money cause somebody back in ancient history was sold (by the Muslim’s and their own corrupt black ‘leaders’) into slavery. So we want all we can get out of all y’all. So pay up and shut up. These people will never learn and hey, we’ve paid dearly in ‘reparations’ through Welfare and food stamps and educating scores of illegitimate children. I’m tired of paying.

  5. Jack Steen says:

    Statements like this one show exactly why James Meeks isn’t even a responsible churchman, much less a viable candidate for Mayor of a city as diverse as Chicago.

  6. Kate says:

    The cities and states with these set asides are doing harm to all taxpayers by allowing sometimes inexperienced minority businesses to get bids for jobs . I wonder if there are audits available to underscore this and list the cost overruns and extra time spent correcting problems created by such businesses. This is topic that needs a little exposure.

    Taxpayers in general would have their money spent more wisely if they were actually given to the lowest bidder. Now they have incentivized many bids so that they come in on time. In a time when government budgets are severly limited you would think there would be a good reason to revisit this method of favoritism.

  7. bill glass says:

    That word, “gaffe”, is always there…when a politician says what he really thinks. That is a proper reflection of the real views of much of the “black community”, where other groups compete for handouts and grants. Adult and independent oversight should have the power and discretion to reduce wasted taxpayer dollars blown (flushed) on these poverty p!mp racists whose livelihood is reliant on furthering “the plight of the black minority”. It’ll never happen, though.

  8. CA resident says:

    He’s an idiot, right up there with Al Sharpton – remember the ‘only whites can be racist’ stupidity that came from his mouth??

    Hand-outs vs. Hand-ups

    Entitlement sucks.