Fairly amazing point—"Meeks back-tracked by saying he would only exclude white women if elected mayor." That's the moderate position.
He also wants to exclude what he calls "Hispanics who are not people of color"—Jorge Ramos, Geraldo Rivera, and the population of Spain generally. Remember, the DREAM Act is going to bring a lot more conflicts like this.
Meeks says minority contracts should only go to blacks
By Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times,Dec 17, 2010
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 Chicagoâ€™s $1 billion spending pie through Aug. 31, down from 8 percent a year ago.
â€?The word â€?minorityâ€™ from our standpoint should mean African American. I donâ€™t think women, Asians and Hispanics should be able to use that title,â€? he said. â€?Thatâ€™s why our numbers cannot improve â€” because we use women, Asians and Hispanics who are not people of color, who are not people who have been discriminated against.â€?
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.
â€?I donâ€™t believe white women should be considered in that count â€¦.You have white women in the category. They receive contracts. Then, white men receive contracts. Where does that leave everybody else?â€? he told Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 news.[More]