White Women Aren't Discriminated Against, According to Wash. State

Washington state officials determine that white women are no longer the victims of discrimination and can be removed from a list that is one way for some white women to get business.

By Chris Hoenig

Good news: White women aren't discriminated against. At least, not according to officials in Washington state.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) commissioned a disparity study last year to determine which underrepresented groups are still experiencing discrimination, particularly when it comes to public-works contracts. The result was a 678-page report that said that businesses owned by white women are awarded enough contracts that they can be excluded from the state's list of minority-owned businesses and are no longer subject to the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The DBE program is a set of codes that requires contractors to hire minority-owned businesses to complete a certain percentage of the project.

The WSDOT is asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to remove white women from the DBE program after 31 years on the list of minority-owned businesses. "The study revealed that Caucasian-women-owned firms actually received more contract dollars than expected," WSDOT Assistant Communications Director Kris Rietmann said. "Lacking evidence of discrimination against Caucasian-women-owned businesses in the local marketplace, WSDOT cannot include them in contract-specific DBE goals."

Local business owners don't agree. "They [men in the industry] don't want to talk to you, they don't want to deal with you, they're very uncomfortable dealing with you," said Colleen Hallett, owner of Mobile Electrical Distributors in Seattle. "I have salesmen come in here and bypass me and go straight to my male employees even though I'm the boss." Women in Highway Construction, a new group representing white female business owners, is threatening to sue.

"This is a war on white women, and we're not going to take it sitting down," said Mary Guthmiller, who owns DBE Electric. "It's going to cost the state of Washington a lot more grief and trouble to fight an injunctive action, which we are willing to take if necessary to protect our right to be able to exist as businesses and participate in the program that we fought hard alongside our other minority businesses to even have any little bit of this construction dollar."

Women business owners told WSDOT officials at a public meeting that the study was not comprehensive enough and looked at the wrong data, such as contract dollars won by white-women-owned businesses rather than the amount they were actually paid. "It would be devastating if the DBE program for women businesses like myself would be taken away," said Tina Benson, who owns T-Max Trucking and Silver-Streak Trucking. "We've worked really hard to get to where we are."

Meanwhile, the study found that businesses owned by Blacks, Latinos and American Indians are still subject to discrimination. "While the other [DBE] firms got little to no work, white-women-owned firms continued to get work for that time. That was good for that group, but the other firms didn't get much work," WSDOT Office of Equal Opportunity Director Brenda Nnambi said.

NFL Owners Care More About Appeasing Trump Than About Colin Kaepernick, Leaked Audio Reveals

Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula said the league needs a Black spokesperson — despite still not having any Black owners.

A leaked recording of a meeting between NFL players and owners apparently confirms the obvious: the owners want to please President Donald Trump — knowingly at Colin Kaepernick's expense. At least one owner suggested the league designate a Black spokesperson, while owners continue to take a "hands-off" approach.

Read More Show Less

Trump Lawyer Cohen Will Invoke 5th Amendment Rights in Stormy Daniels Case

By asserting that right, Cohen can avoid revealing information in Daniels' civil lawsuit that could aid federal investigators in the criminal probe of his business dealings.


(Reuters) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen said on Wednesday he would assert his right under the U.S. Constitution to avoid self-incrimination in a lawsuit filed by adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump.

Read More Show Less

CNN's Don Lemon Calls Out Trump for Silence on Waffle House Shooting

Trump has not talked or tweeted about the people of color killed or the bravery of a Black man.

In the early hours of Sunday morning at a Waffle House near Nashville, a white, male domestic terrorist killed four people of color and was stopped by a Black man from killing many more. Apparently that's the type of scenario President Donald Trump and his administration choose to ignore, and Don Lemon blasted Trump for his silence.

Read More Show Less

Black Woman Arrested at Waffle House Dragged to Ground, Breasts Exposed

Chikesia Clemons will not be voted "citizen of the month," but the police were not perfect either.


The arrest of a 25-year-old Black woman at a Waffle House in Saraland, Ala., resulted in her on the floor with her breasts exposed. Some citizens echoed the acts of protesters of a Philadelphia Starbucks by holding a sit-in in the parking lot of the Waffle House.

Read More Show Less

Golf Club Calls Police on Black Women Members for Allegedly Playing Too Slow

The five women, one a local NAACP president, say it's a clear case of racial and gender discrimination.

Myneca Ojo / FACEBOOK

Five Black women, members of the Grandview Golf Club in Braddock, the oldest public golf course in York County, Pa., decided to meet on Saturday for a round of golf. The outing ended with the club co-owner, who is white, calling the police on the only Black, female players on the course because they allegedly played too slow and did not want to cancel their membership and leave.

Read More Show Less

Blacks Much More Likely to Be Stopped Indoors in Philly Than Whites

Starbucks needs a corporate culture makeover — but it is not the only party at fault.

The arrest of two Black men who asked to use the bathroom at a Starbucks in Philadelphia was not an anomaly, according to a new analysis, further suggesting that a half-day implicit bias training is not likely to bring any actionable solutions.

Read More Show Less

Syracuse University Expels Fraternity over 'Racist, Sexist' Video

"The racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, ableist and sexist video was part of a Theta Tau sponsored event," Chancellor Kent Syverud said.


(Reuters) — Syracuse University has permanently expelled a fraternity after a video surfaced this week showing its members using racist and offensive terms in a skit the chapter said was satirical, a school official said on Saturday.

Read More Show Less