Before construction begins on former President Barack Obama’s library, Obama wants to make sure that the construction contractors that build it are “diverse.”
Each firm considered is required to make a promissory plan to make 50% of their subcontractors “diverse suppliers.”
Diverse suppliers here refers to female, racial minority, veteran, disabled, or LGBTQ subcontractors.
Obama’s asking people to build a monument to his presidency, but doesn’t care to work with firms who aren’t “diverse” enough.
The Obama Foundation is asking the four construction teams vying to build the presidential center to set high standards for local and minority hiring.
The foundation announced four finalists Thursday morning and also the standards for hiring the foundation is setting for each.
Additionally, at least 35% of contracts must go to firms that are minority-owned.
The result of all this? That a reputation for doing the best job doesn’t matter for contractors who want to be considered for the role.
The work isn’t being sought from people who get the best results, so resumes and track records aren’t as important as skin color or sexual orientation.
The Daily Wire reports:
To win the honor of building the president’s library, the firms must present a full-scale plan to award half of its subcontracts to “diverse suppliers.” The new standards expand beyond just women and minority-owned companies to veteran, disabled, and LGBTQ-owned. At least 35% of contracts must go to minority-owned firms regardless of whether or not they provide the best service or do the best job.
Not only must they be minority-owned, but also local, specifically from the areas of Woodlawn, Washington Park, South Shore and the South and West sides. The firms must also provide to the Obama Foundation the methods they will use to recruit and retain these people.
“The Obamas chose to develop the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side to give back to the community that has given so much to them. With this [request for proposals], the foundation has established significant and aggressive goals for diversity and inclusion,” said David Simas, CEO of the foundation. “We are committed to creating meaningful opportunities and jobs for local businesses, community members, and underrepresented communities in the South Side and throughout Chicago, and using our platform to pioneer new approaches to engaging minority populations in the construction industry to provide not just short-term jobs, but long-term professional opportunities.”
According to The Daily Wire, the Obamas have narrowed down finalists to the following four:
Clark/Smoot Presidential Builders, a partnership that includes Clark Construction Group, Smoot Construction Company, GMA Construction Group and Bowa Construction
Lakeside Alliance, a partnership that includes Turner Construction Company, Power & Sons Construction, UJAMAA Construction Inc., Brown & Momen Inc. and Safeway Construction Company
Power Mortenson Partners, a partnership that includes Power Construction Company, Mortenson Construction, GMA Construction, Bowa Group
W.E. O’Neil Construction Company
Obama would rather avoid working with companies who do a great job, but have too many white men working for them.
To think he was the president for eight years.
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