As part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, $370 billion was allocated for roads, bridges, and other transportation projects. Of that amount, at least 10 percent was set aside for businesses owned by “socially and economically disadvantaged individuals,” which federal regulations define as black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, some Asian Pacific Americans, and women. Excluded from this group are white men and men from places such as North and West Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Buckner’s small business, called Project Management Corporation, wants to bid on government infrastructure contracts but will be excluded from those that are set aside for designated groups.
“The U.S. Constitution guarantees equality under the law, meaning that all Americans need to be treated as individuals and not members of racial groups,” Daniel Lennington, Buckner’s attorney, told The Epoch Times. “The U.S. Supreme Court and courts around the country have repeatedly struck down attempts to give preference based on race and gender.”
During Biden’s presidential campaign in 2019, he spoke out against a U.S. society that he claimed discriminated against women and non-whites.
Lennington said, “At the core of the Biden administration policies is their firm belief in the theory of systemic racism. They need to implement these quotas and set-asides and preferences in order to satisfy their own belief in this idea that America is a systemically racist place and that America continues to perpetuate racism against non-white individuals.”
Ignoring a consistent string of losses in federal courts, the Biden administration “is going to keep doing it, and they don’t care how many courts strike them down,” according to Lennington.
“They are dedicated to this philosophy,” he said.
While both the federal government and private companies are legally prohibited under the 1964 Civil Rights Act from discriminating on the basis of gender and race, this practice is becoming increasingly common. In April 2021, United Airlines announced that half of its new pilot hires would be women and “people of color.”
“We believe that the government may cure past discrimination by finding the victims of discrimination and remedying what was going on,” Lennington said. “But what’s happening here is that the government is choosing racial groups and giving benefits to them based on perceived discrimination. Our Constitution, our entire system of government is dedicated to the proposition that government ought to treat everyone equally as individuals. The law demands equal treatment, and we’re holding the Biden Administration to that legal principle.”