Big: Federal court rules that federal agency serving minority businesses alone is discriminatory

by Monica Showalter at

Is another brick coming off the wall of the race-grievance industrial complex?

That’s what the Washington Post reports, without admitting it, in an important federal court ruling shutting down biased, counterproductive racial preferences in federal government “help” to small businesses.

According to the Post:

A federal judge in Texas has ordered a 55-year-old federal agency created to help minority-owned businesses to open its doors to all races, a ruling that potentially imperils dozens of government programs that also presume racial minorities are inherently disadvantaged.

In a 93-page opinion rendered Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman ruled that the Minority Business Development Agency’s presumption that businesses owned by Blacks, Latinos and other minorities are disadvantaged violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. He permanently enjoined the agency’s business centers, which have assisted minority-owned businesses in accessing capital and government contracts, from extending services based on an applicant’s race.
“If courts mean what they say when they ascribe supreme importance to constitutional rights, the federal government may not flagrantly violate such rights with impunity. The MBDA has done so for years. Time’s up,” wrote Pittman, who was appointed to the bench by President Donald Trump in 2019.
The Post gets credit for reporting the who-what-where neutrally in its opening paragraphs. It also makes an interesting observation about this ruling being a knock-on effect of the Supreme Court’s rulings against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina over its affirmative action shutdowns, which the ruling judge did indeed cite.