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.
- Ballot order (14 replies)
- No-Show Smith finally shows up – But guess where? (43 replies)
- Chickamauga Lock closed for repairs, Knoxville barge traffic cut off (10 replies)
- The Best #Democracy Money Can Buy? (15 replies)
- John Stewart: Amendment 3 would bring higher sales, food, business taxes (4 replies)
- Burchett: McIntyre needs to go (84 replies)
- International Baccalaureate (22 replies)
- Parallels (3 replies)
- Knoxville Retailers, Gone but not Forgotten (326 replies)
- Separation of Church and State? (8 replies)
- Tennessee needs $38 billion of infrastructure improvements (3 replies)
- When economic hackofistry is no longer printable (7 replies)
- Oct 30 2014 - 7:00pm (10 hours 28 min from now)
- Nov 2 2014 - 3:00pm (3 days 7 hours from now)