15 December 2010

wait…what?!?

Chicago mayoral candidate James Meeks on affirmative action programs and city government contracts:

“I think that the word ‘minority,’ from our standpoint, should mean African-American," Meeks said. "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. We fought for these laws based on discrimination. Now, groups that have not been discriminated against are the chief beneficiaries.”

To repeat (bold and italics are my own):

“…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…”

And you want to be the mayor of Chicago?

[FOX Chicago: James Meeks: Women, Hispanics and Asians Not Minorities, Should Not Get Contract Preferences (via Windy Citizen)]

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