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Nutter Ousts Head Of Minority Council

By Wyatt Earp | July 30, 2008

<i>Canned bread for everyone!</i>

Canned bread for everyone!

Wow. I wonder if he’ll be called an Uncle Tom for his efforts?

As a likely first step toward transforming the city’s minority business program, Mayor Nutter has asked its leader, Carolyn Nichols, to resign on Thursday.

Nichols was named director of the Minority Business Enterprise Council more than two years ago by Mayor John F. Street. Nutter reappointed her in January, but only in an acting capacity.

Today, Nutter spokesman Doug Oliver declined to provide details of the mayor’s plan for building “a reorganized, reconstituted MBEC.” That information will be made public next month, he said.

Nutter promised during last year’s mayoral campaign to create an “economic opportunity cabinet” in his first term to enhance and monitor minority participation in city contracts. He also vowed to double city contracts awarded to businesses with minority, female or disabled owners.

In fiscal 2007, such firms received 18 percent, or $139 million, of $786 million in city contracts, compared with 21 percent, or $115 million of $539 million, in fiscal 2006. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

You all know what I am about to say, but I’m going to do it anyway . . .


Please, will someone enlighten me on this? I’ll wait . . .

Topics: Philly | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Nutter Ousts Head Of Minority Council”

  1. Ky Person Says:
    July 30th, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Wyatt, I think every city and even most podunk towns have to have a Minority Business Enterprise Council. I think it’s the law.

  2. USA_Admiral Says:
    July 30th, 2008 at 10:04 am

    But why would it need to be a law?

  3. kaveman Says:
    July 30th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Wyatt, the MBEC in Philly is to help out whitey, you know, the minority there.

    Can anyone imagine an organization like NAAWP?

    National Organization for the Advancement of White People.

    Sounds silly doesn’t it?

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 31st, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Ky person – Maybe it’s me, but I think it reeks of reverse discrimination.

    Admiral – Good question.

    Kaveman – That’s true. Caucasians are the minority here. Hell, Republicans are an even bigger minority!