It’s illegal to discriminate in hiring based on race or gender. From Oregon.gov:
Oregon law protects you from discrimination based on your sex and sexual orientation, including gender identity.
It’s illegal for your employer, public businesses, places of housing, or other “public accommodations” to treat you differently because of your sex, sexual orientation, or gender.
You are protected both at work and outside of work.
Federal civil rights laws and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also protect you from discrimination based on sex, gender identity including transgender status, or sexual orientation.
But it’s perfectly legal, even required, for the government to discriminate against white people and against men. Yes, some people are more equal than others.
The City of Portland preferentially awards contracts to businesses that are not owned by men, and are not owned by white people… but the powers-that-be don’t like to phrase it that way; instead, they prefer to describe as giving…
… preference to “disadvantaged businesses.” That category includes businesses owned by Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, women and others who have historically had less access to lucrative government contracts.
“Historically” is such a loaded term. Everything that happened in the past is “historical.” Also, as Orwell once said, Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
But enough about the past. What about the present? Presently, a Portland business is being prosecuted for (allegedly) trying to circumvent laws that discriminate against men. From OregonLive:
Portland fines contractors for allegedly creating ‘front company’ to certify as woman-owned business
The City of Portland said Wednesday it will fine the owners of a painting contractor $20,000 for allegedly creating a “front company” to qualify as a woman-owned business. The city is accusing the business, Portland Coatings, of receiving more than $1 million in contracts while falsely claiming to be owned by a woman.
Portland had been investigating Terezia Nyland and her husband, Michael, since 2017, after an unspecified tip to the city’s ombudsman office. The city said Portland Coatings’ address is actually the loading dock for a business Michael Nyland owns, Williamsen & Bleid.
Portland taxpayers shouldn’t be concerned about the whether a man or a woman owns the painting company; they should only care about whether or not they’re getting good value for their money. But when preferential treatment, based on gender or race, is written into law, it’s inevitable that taxpayers will end up paying more.
Meanwhile, in Hawaii, a bona fide minority-owned business, having (apparently) won its government contracts through such discriminatory practices, has been caught doing some shady business. From The Civil Beat:
A politically connected defense contractor in Hawaii was arrested and charged Wednesday by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly bilking the federal government out of $12.8 million in coronavirus relief aid meant to help small businesses.
Martin Kao, 47, is the CEO of Martin Defense Group, formerly known as Navatek LLC, a Honolulu-based company that over the years has received millions of dollars in federal contracts, primarily to design state-of-the-art ship hulls for the U.S. Navy.
He’s charged with bank fraud and money laundering for falsifying loan applications for the Paycheck Protection Program that was created by Congress as part of the $2 trillion CARES Act meant to stave off financial ruin for individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic…
Kao was taken into custody Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a motion to hold him without bail saying he is a serious flight risk.
The article doesn’t go into specifics, but we can surmise that the reason Kao is a ” serious flight risk” is that he has strong connections to a foreign country – probably somewhere in Asia. Yes, this is just a wild guess on my part.
Another detail that is omitted is that Navatek was considered a “minority-owned business.” From govtribe.com we can garner this information:
There’s no way to know if Navatek would have acquired its lucrative government contracts had it not been a “minority-owned business,” but these two cases give us a snapshot of the kind of perverse “justice” and corruption that come with gender/race-based government policies. In both cases, it’s mainly innocent people who suffer as a result of such policies.