NAACP criticizes MoDOT administrator

Thursday, September 3, 2009 | 3:49 p.m. CDT; updated 5:55 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 3, 2009

ST. LOUIS — The NAACP is criticizing a Missouri official's explanation about why so few minority-owned businesses are getting contracts for transportation projects generated by federal stimulus money.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the NAACP on Wednesday criticized comments made by Lester Woods, a Missouri Department of Transportation civil rights administrator.

Woods blamed geography for the lack of contracts to minority-owned firms, saying much of the work is in rural Missouri.

The NAACP said urban businesses are capable of doing work outside of metropolitan areas. The NAACP said only 1 percent of stimulus-related contracts awarded by MoDOT have gone to minority contractors.


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Charles Dudley Jr September 3, 2009 | 6:47 p.m.

One word to the NAACP................."Cry".

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Ray Shapiro September 3, 2009 | 7:28 p.m.

("The NAACP said only 1 percent of stimulus-related contracts awarded by MoDOT have gone to minority contractors.")
How many applied?
How many were deemed qualified after applications were reviewed?
What reasons were given if "a minority contractor" didn't get the appointment?

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John Schultz September 3, 2009 | 9:12 p.m.

Why should the state show racial or gender preference when bidding contracts? I want the state hiring competent contractors who can do the job at a good rate, and I don't care if they are black, white, male, female, or come from the same planet as ET.

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Ray Shapiro September 4, 2009 | 12:28 a.m.

Here's what they do in Illinois...

("Community Development Commission Application for Recognition for WBE/MBE

I am applying for recognition as a:
Minority Business Enterprise
Woman Business Enterprise

*Asian/Pacific Americans, Black Americans, Black African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Hasidic Jews, Women

Source and more:

Community Development Commission Women/Minority Business Enterprises
Missouri really should be giving more contracts to minority business enterprises run by the Hasidim...

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