For awhile now, the city of Chicago, under the thumb of Mayor Richard M. "Shortshanks"* Daley, has had established a minority set-aside program to award city contracts to businesses owned by people that liberal statists call minorities. Being Chicago, this program was illegally manipulated by Democrats to defraud the city of $100 million in contracts (see the last paragraph of this piece; H/T: JWF).
The "Reverend" James Meeks, a Democratic state Senator running to replace Daley, whines about the lack of city contracts given to these minority-owned businesses. Well, not all minority-owned businesses:
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.
“The word ‘minority’ from our standpoint should mean African American. I don’t think women, Asians and Hispanics should be able to use that title,” he said. “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.”
He originally made his statement on Wednesday. Apparently to head off the potential firestorm of criticism that would (and should) follow, Meeks sought to "clarify" his answer:
“I don’t believe white women should be considered in that count ….You have white women in the category. They receive contracts. Then, white men receive contracts. Where does that leave everybody else?” he told Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 news.
So he followed up one stupid and racist statement with another.
Again, Meeks must have thought he crossed the line again to issue a further "clarification":
On Thursday, Meeks issued a written statement further clarifying his remarks. It emphasized that “all minority- and women-owned businesses” deserve their “fair share” of city contracts. But Meeks also noted that “systemic corruption” has allowed white-owned “fronts” posing as minorities and women to defraud the program and make African-Americans the “most under-represented among city contractors.”
It wasn't enough; a woman's group and a Hispanic group came out firing at Meeks.
None dare call it racism on Meeks' part; no, he's just "concerned" for his people's continuing discrimination by whitey.
This is typical of the types of politicians Democrats normally put forward to the American people. Meeks probably never really had a chance to take over as mayor, and it's possible this little episode will kill that. I have no doubt that Meeks will probably win re-election to the seat he currently holds because, like affirmative action, his racism is rewarded, at least in part.
*"Shortshanks" is the appellation given to Daley by Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass.