I was reading this KNS article about a local black-owned business group filing a complaint with the DOJ regarding Knox County and City of Knoxville contracts when I ran across JFM's quote regarding "disadvantaged businesses."
The term "disadvantaged" was a little jarring. My first thought was businesses are "disadvantaged" because they are owned by women or minorities? That sounds insulting. Discriminated against maybe, which is certainly a disadvantage.
I did some googling and learned that "disadvantaged business" is a term of art relating to federal contracting guidelines. It appears it was invented by the DOT, which requires state DOTs to have similar policies. Other federal agencies have similar policies.
I understand the need and support the policies. Perhaps we should come up with a different term, though, like "under-represented" or something.
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