Set-Aside Squabble

by Roger Clegg

I noted earlier this year that government contracting programs that weigh race and ethnicity in awarding contracts are increasingly under fire because Latinos, as well as whites, are being overtly discriminated against; I pointed to Milwaukee as the latest example. And sometimes there are squabbles among the supporters of preferential treatment over how big a piece of the pie each should get — the subject of this story in today’s Village Voice about a New York City program. In an increasingly multiracial and multiethnic society, there really can be no substitute for colorblind law.

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