I believe it's around 5% minority owned. So 1.4% in contracts does not seem that off balance anymore.Those are striking stats in Mr. Squires article. The main stat is missing though.
What percentage of Hampton businesses is minority owned? That bit of info would tell us a lot more than what percentage of Hampton is black and what percentage of minority businesses are hired by the city. Just because over 40% of Hampton is made up of black people, it doesn't mean over 40% of it's businesses are minoity owned. I could be more or less.
Also, should the city go out of it's way just to pad stats? It seems a better solution is to just make sure that minority businesses get the same chance as any other business to secure a contract with the city. The city should look at race, but look at who can do the job the best at a decent cost.
It's not fair to either side if the city hires minority businesses just to pad stats. THat doesn't solve anything
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#45 Mar 22, 2009
#46 Mar 23, 2009
Wouldn't it not be better if the jobs were just given to who had the more experience and/or lowest bid? In construction practices the latter usually governs.
It would seem that it is inherently racist to give an advantage or disadvantage to any one company based soley on the skin color of the owners. Why should the stat of how many contracts are given to one race or another even exist? The city should only desire to have a well done job at a fair price and should cast a blind eye on race, is that really too idealistic in today's society?
#47 Mar 30, 2009
Many of these posts seem to spew racial venom at the mere thought that a column might be addressed to someone other than the majority population. It is important to note that the Daily Press is a newspaper for all people. Every time some one mentions race does not mean it is a 'racist' comment. As an African-American I want to hear what everybody has to say. And if a large population on the Peninsula is not white then I want that population represented. Did any of the white people reading these articles ever stop to think maybe David is not talking to you. Maybe he is talking to other people who want to know what is going on. Much of this banter is a matter of perspective. There was a book published a long time ago called "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria" In the book the question was flipped around and posed this way "why are all the white kids sitting together" If the newspaper is written primarily by white people after a while you start to think the newspaper is for white people - it is not!. The newspaper is for everyone who buys it or reads it online or goes to the library. And as a paying customer of the newspaper I want to hear other voices whether I agree with them or not.
Since: Feb 09
#48 Mar 30, 2009
Black PEOPLE. White PEOPLE. Aren't we all just people? Why is it ok to single out a black person for a gift, but heaven forbid you single them out with a negative comment. Why is it that white people have been denied jobs since 1961 due to affirmative action and this ill conceived notion that we need to artificially plant blacks into all areas of life.
I think one of the more prominent blacks in US history said it best: "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.""
If we are all equal, why then do we need to create mandated easy access to blacks into every facet of our culture? If we are all equal, why do they get special treatment by way of quota?
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Not according to affirmative action and measuring percentages of black contractors in the city of hampton vs. the number of white contractors in the city of hampton, you don't find it there Mr. King! They are being judged completely and solely based on skin color Mr. King, not the content of their contractor character or ability Mr. King, but rather skin color.
"And if America is to be a great nation this must become true."
Maybe one day Mr. King, maybe one day we will be great. Not today Sir, you see today we are still judging based on none other than skin color, not character as it should be Sir. So maybe one day we'll be great, but for now I guess you and I both will have to keep on dreaming........
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