The mayoral candidate for Chicago, James Meeks, is back in the news again with ideas on the minority set asides for the city. According to the Chicago Sun Times, he has his own thoughts on why the program for the set asides is not working for African Americans. He was on a radio show Wednesday on WVON-AM (1690), where he said,“Why are we watering down the word minority so much that black folks can’t get more of the $1 billion set aside for us?” (loosely translated)
He really said, “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.” I should’ve told him to use my “loosely translated” version instead. His version is the mayoral race politically incorrect version.
Now this is the same guy who we reported in October was going to run for mayor no matter what and didn’t want to be considered “the black candidate.” Well, it sounds like to me someone has had a change of heart on that one. Because his ideas about minority contracts sounds like something black folks can really benefit from if the percentage of money given doesn’t go down again, but goes back up.
He was complaining about the sliver of the billion dollar budget that African Americans received this year was seven percent and last year it was eight percent. Now what do you think was the outcome of his complaint? That’s right! He’s under fire already with President Obama’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as his competition for the mayor seat. My advice to you Meeks, don’t quit your day job! Hold on to that state Senate seat as long as you can. If you choose otherwise, well….good luck with that!
Read about the full blowout here.