2010-12-31 / Top Stories

Sanders Likens City To Racist Southern Past

By Howard Schwach

Top, James Sanders Jr. Below, Sanders, second from right, listens as Comptroller Liu speaks at the recent Top, James Sanders Jr. Below, Sanders, second from right, listens as Comptroller Liu speaks at the recent City Councilman James Sanders Jr., who represents the eastern end of the Rockaway peninsula, has likened New York City to Selma, Alabama, a symbol of the south’s racist past.

At a recent press conference, Sanders said that the city has fallen short when it comes to throwing business to minority and women-owned businesses, something required by Local Law 129, which was enacted in late 2005 to “enhance the ability of minority and women owned business enterprises to compete for city contracts.”

At that press conference, Sanders said, “As the father of Local Law 129, I am deeply disappointed at its abject failure. It is a sad thing when minority businesses have a better chance to make it in Selma, Alabama, with its sordid racist history, than in ‘liberal’ New York City.”

So far this year, the city has spent more than $17 billion that was eligible to go towards fulfilling the law, but only 2.3 percent of all city contracts were actually spent with minority and women owned businesses, said City Comptroller John Liu, who has developed a website to track the spending trends.

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Mr. AJ Wachs, those "special

Mr. AJ Wachs, those "special privileges" you speak of has nothing to do with a 'race card' or being 'less intelligent'. Those were put in place to level the playing field when it comes to economic opportunities. Yes, we are intelligent enough to handle our on affairs and businesses without using 'race cards' as you call it. By the way, what was a 'race card' before the OJ Simpson trial started? (that's where the term came from--media born)

I have seen the race card

I have seen the race card played again and again,especially by the Afro-American community. When will politicians like Mr. James Sanders Jr. realize that the era of "special privileges" must end! It is indeed an insult to minorities and women to label them as less intelligent or incapable of succeeding on their own God given talents. Instead of whining and complaining about the failure of his own fathered racist based plan, he should visit or live in Selma and see what pride and perseverance can accomplish!

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