Funds to boost minority construction ...

Funds to boost minority construction workers went largely to white men

There are 13 comments on the Appeal Tribune story from Jan 7, 2010, titled Funds to boost minority construction workers went largely to white men. In it, Appeal Tribune reports that:

The first audit of a Portland program designed to hire more minorities and women for public construction projects shows businesses owned by white men snagged 51 percent of the money.

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gdubbau

Stuart, FL

#1 Jan 7, 2010
It would seem to me that the majority of construction companies are owned by white men. Would it not seem resonable they would have a larger percentage of contracts?

Having a program that channels construction contracts to minorities seems biased anyway. Do they actually tell the white owners that they didn't get the contract because of their race? I wonder how that would work if the contractor was black.

I think programs that teach people how to become a business owner are great and the minority population could certainly take advantage of that. But to reserve taxpayer money for a certain race or gender and exclude others is discriminatory regardless of whom it benefits.
the_truth_be_tol d2006

Ashland City, TN

#2 Jan 7, 2010
gdubbau wrote:
It would seem to me that the majority of construction companies are owned by white men. Would it not seem resonable they would have a larger percentage of contracts?
Having a program that channels construction contracts to minorities seems biased anyway. Do they actually tell the white owners that they didn't get the contract because of their race? I wonder how that would work if the contractor was black.
I think programs that teach people how to become a business owner are great and the minority population could certainly take advantage of that. But to reserve taxpayer money for a certain race or gender and exclude others is discriminatory regardless of whom it benefits.
This article doesn't tell the whole story. Just because a White owns the business doesn't make it a "White" business. The fact is that a preponderance of the construction companies in the area have followed the lead of California and turned to illegal aliens to keep the cost low.
Considering the fact that Blacks only comprise 6.6% of the population in Portland, the idea of them picking up 9% of the contracts isn't exactly fair to the Hispanic workers who have come to take their place in Society.
Just giving contracts to Blacks deprives the Hispanics.
the_truth_be_tol d2006

Ashland City, TN

#3 Jan 7, 2010
Correction.
11%. Outrageous discrimination by the Blacks against the Hispanics.
Bob

Van Wert, OH

#4 Jan 7, 2010
As if blacks would even take a construction job.
the_truth_be_tol d2006

Ashland City, TN

#5 Jan 7, 2010
They seem to forget they aren't the only minority anymore. They aren't even number 2 anymore.
T-Dub

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Jan 7, 2010
the_truth_be_told2006 wrote:
They seem to forget they aren't the only minority anymore. They aren't even number 2 anymore.
Most of you ompletely miss the point. The fact is the reason the program was established is because is because the city previously discovered that there had been unfair negtiation of contracts to companies owned by white me. This program was and attempt to fix it. It has been widely reported that dozens of construction companies owned by white men simply sold the companies to their wives or sisters to continue to steal contracts from Black and Hispanic cmpanies.
the_truth_be_tol d2006

Ashland City, TN

#7 Jan 7, 2010
T-Dub wrote:
<quoted text>Most of you ompletely miss the point. The fact is the reason the program was established is because is because the city previously discovered that there had been unfair negtiation of contracts to companies owned by white me. This program was and attempt to fix it. It has been widely reported that dozens of construction companies owned by white men simply sold the companies to their wives or sisters to continue to steal contracts from Black and Hispanic cmpanies.
Blacks make up 6.6% of the population yet received 11% of ther contracts.
According to NAMCOregon, Black contractors make up less than 6.6% of contractors citywide. Far less than 6.6%.
http://www.namc-oregon.org/files/NAMCO_Member...
Blacks are overrepresented in contracts already. Hispanics are underrepresented with only 9% of the contracts.
They are playing the race card to try to hog all the business. It's embarrassing when you look at the facts. All contracts aren't supposed to only go to Blacks...just because you're Black.

“Play at your own risk !!!!”

Since: Oct 08

Cleveland, Ohio

#10 Jan 7, 2010
Celtichooligan wrote:
Construction is not ni€€er rigging. I would never, ever cross a bridge built by monkeys!
You are natural manure.
Bob

Van Wert, OH

#11 Jan 8, 2010
Celtichooligan wrote:
Construction is not ni€€er rigging. I would never, ever cross a bridge built by monkeys!
I'm sure they hire illegals. How could they ever find enough blacks willing to work in a construction crew?
Harrisson

Stamford, CT

#13 Jan 8, 2010
Maybe black construction workers are lazy and steal supplies while on the job. I'd rather hire QUALIFIED PEOPLE
Bob

Van Wert, OH

#14 Jan 8, 2010
CaptainCompassion wrote:
<quoted text>
How could they find enough that weren't in jail?
How do you drive a black guy crazy?

Hide his welfare check underneath his work boots.

“The One You Love To Hate”

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#15 Jan 8, 2010
I'm black folks and of course I don't agree with the N word being used on here"or" the characterization of "all" blacks being lazy; buuuuuuuuuuut these ignorant trailertrash peckerwoods have a point to a small extent which is a lot of black men won't do hard labor. Period. Especially out in the elements.

It's too easy to find a girlfriend living in a free, rent subsidized apartment with all bills paid (by Uncle Sam of course) whose getting foodstamps and who will take them in and let them live Scot free.

Don't believe me.

Simply drive by any housing project and who do you see mostly standing around doing nothing.

Black men that's who.
whatever

United States

#16 Feb 11, 2010
The hell with illegals/legals. They need to be ran off EVERY job site out there. Then and only then will blacks have a fair chance at a construction job. HELL anymore a white guy can't get a job in construction. Wake up people its the hispanics that are F$5king ALL us American workers of ALL COLORS out of work.

Road work, customer service, fast food, home building (all aspects), landscaping, debt collection, factory work, and the list goes on and on and on. WELL ANY JOB THAT WAS DONE BY THE MIDDLE CLASS IS NOW DONE BY ILLEGALS OR H1 VISA HOLDERS.

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