published Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Race-based mischief in Chattanooga

It was a golden opportunity missed.

Investigative articles in the Chattanooga Times Free Press last year found the local, taxpayer-subsidized Multicultural Chamber of Commerce in nothing short of financial disarray, with large amounts of money going toward overhead and, well, not so much going to actual programs.

Chattanooga and Hamilton County naturally suspended additional funding because of the financial haze surrounding the chamber. But later, the Hamilton County Commission approved giving to the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce $75,000 for minority business outreach. That money previously had gone to the Multicultural Chamber. The Chattanooga Area Chamber has requested another $75,000 for the program for the fiscal year that begins in July.

With the chamber now getting leadership in place for the minority outreach, the cycle would appear to be complete: Race-based funding provided by taxpayers seems almost certain to continue.

And that's wrong.

It is condescending to suggest that minority-owned businesses cannot compete without initiatives designed specifically to cater to them.

The financial troubles that plagued the Multicultural Chamber of Commerce obviously deserved scrutiny. But an even better reason for halting its funding was that government shouldn't be doling out money to benefit particular racial groups and not others.

Even if the money were spent scrupulously and thorough financial safeguards were in place, it's still not appropriate. And neither is it appropriate to shift the funding to another organization to serve the same purpose.

This was a clear opportunity to stand up for racial neutrality in government.

And government missed it.

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.

That's sweet. You think it has anything to do with race.

It doesn't.

You want to see overhead? Go check out the local hospitals and schools.

May 30, 2012 at 12:38 a.m.
joneses said...

I do not know if it is racist but it definitely sends the message assuming minorities are victims and cannot make it on their own which could be a racist thought.


You said "You want to see overhead? Go check out the local hospitals and schools." WOW! Hell has frozen over! We agree on something! Unless of course you are referring to the overhead at the hospitals being the high compensation of the doctors.

May 30, 2012 at 5:14 a.m.
Salsa said...

If you think it isn't race based then you will happily buy this bridge I own in Brooklyn ...because you aren't paying attention.

May 30, 2012 at 2:14 p.m.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »


Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.