The Department of Transportation issued some proposed “Program Implementation Modifications” today, involving its preferential treatment of minority-owned businesses. My favorite passage:
Additionally, we propose to modify the existing definition of a “socially and economically disadvantaged individual” to align with [Small Business Administration] principles. Most importantly, the definition specifically states that being born in a country does not, by itself, suffice to make the birth country and [sic] individual’s country of origin for purposes of being included within a designated group. For example, a child born of Norwegian parents in Chile would not, based on that fact alone, be regarded as “Hispanic” under the definition. Minor technical changes to references within the existing definitions are also proposed.
Glad that the Obama administration is being vigilant on this problem. A child born in Chile of Mexican parents presents a different question, and if the child had one Norwegian parent and one Mexican parent — well, I’m just glad that we have plenty of federal bureaucrats to figure this all out for us.
P.S. And what about Chileans living in Norway?