Oops…Federal Court Rules That Racial Equity Is Not A One-Way Street 

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More and more Americans are finding themselves victimized by discriminatory racial “equity” policies that exclude them from everything from scholarships and educational opportunities to promotions and employment.  

Diversity, equity, and inclusion practices are meant to level the playing field for everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual identity. Instead, the very policies meant to promote equity for minorities are now widely racist, with deliberate exclusion of whites, Hispanics, and Asians. 

Those watching these policies play out frequently refer to the practice as “reverse racism” and “reverse discrimination,” terms that minority leaders disavow vehemently. Critical Race Theory teaches children that “reverse racism” does not exist and that there is a difference between minorities with prejudices against whites and “racism.” It’s all semantics. 

Racism, per definition, is prejudice by people in institutional power. This means that any victim of over-the-top equity policies can’t claim they have experienced reverse racism because “whites” still “hold the power.” 

While affirmative action had a place for ensuring equality for disadvantaged races, these policies have continued to become more and more extreme, excluding any race except for Black. Other minorities, such as Asians and Hispanics, are excluded as well.  

Still, a rose by any other name is still a rose. Inequality takes many forms and is on full display in college admissions, employment opportunities, quotas, and even preferential treatment for obtaining financing, mortgages, and loans.  

One federal judge in Texas delivered a crushing blow to the progressive “equity” agenda, however, and ruled in favor of plaintiffs filing a lawsuit to challenge the Minority Business Development Agency, a new agency whose creation was quietly hidden within the monstrous Infrastructure Act in November 2021. 

The MBDA dedicates its existence to providing help for business owners of “preferred” racial groups, offering training, government contracts, grants, training programs, and more almost exclusively to Black and Hispanic-owned businesses. Almost all other non-White racial groups are excluded from consideration as a “minority-owned business.” 

Greg Nuziard, Christian Bruckner, and Matt Piper are three white Texas small business owners who attempted to get help from Biden’s MBDNA, and were, of course, denied. Represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, the three took their case to court, alleging that the MBDA is an unconstitutional entity.  

The Biden administration pulled out the usual arguments, stating that racial discrimination against whites is fully justified due to “the effects of past inequities stemming from racial prejudice.” The attorneys claimed that Jim Crow, redlining, and denied G.I. benefits give policymakers the right to create full-scale and unchecked discriminatory policies against whites and other, lesser preferred, minority groups. 

According to progressives, systemic racism is still responsible for any present-day racial disparities. President Joe Biden gladly embraces the opportunity to divide America racially, vowing on his first day in office a “whole of government” approach to racial equity, requiring all his agencies to “affirmatively advance equity.” 

Predictably, only certain racial groups saw the benefits of programs designed to aid minorities. Black homeowners, farmers, small business owners, restaurant owners, and federal contractors received billions in taxpayer dollars, while almost all others were unable to participate in the programs.   

In a courtroom in Texas, federal judge Mark Pittman was unimpressed by the Biden defense team’s arguments. According to his ruling, racial discrimination can work two ways. Simply put, Pittman ruled that “The Constitution demands equal treatment under law.” 

Pittman is joining a growing list of judges ruling against pieces of the equity agenda, such as the racially biased Restaurant Revitalization Fund and Farmer Loan Forgiveness Program. 

Meanwhile, House Republicans introduced legislation to end the Treasury Department’s Advisory Committee on Racial Equality. The organization touts itself as existing to improve equity efforts but provides economic advantages for certain racial groups instead. 

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andy Ogles (TN-R), explains, “The president is so focused on pitting people against each other on the basis of race, he has turned a blind eye to the failure of woke businesses and banks in the private sector. My legislation would eliminate the ridiculous 25-member committee on ‘racial equity’ that currently exists in the Treasury Department. Americans deserve an Executive focused on enacting sound fiscal policy, not diversity quotas.” 

Felicia Wong, vice chair of the committee, released a report stating, “All policy, from vaccine distribution to higher education funding to tax reform, will have racialized effects. Recognizing this reality and always considering race in policy design is therefore vital.” The report went on to add that “A promise of opportunity” is not enough and that to achieve racial equity “demands redistribution of resources.” 

This is not the future Martin Luther King envisioned in his dream, but Americans still cling to the hope that one day they “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”