A six year lawsuit involving security contracts going to companies based on the racial makeup of their owners has been settled, and the courts have found that a Philadelphia school district is guilty of racism against white people.
The events happened in 2010 when a Newton based security firm, Security & Data Technologies Inc (SDT), was offered a $7.5 million no-bid contract to install security cameras in multiple schools, labeled as ‘persistently dangerous,’ in the Philadelphia area.
As SDT was finishing the preliminary work, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who passed away in 2013, chose to award the contract to Philadelphia based security firm, IBS Communications by claiming it to be an emergency contract.
The investigation into the matter discovered that there was no emergency that was taking place, as these emergency contracts are generally reserved for things like a tornado, floods, or other natural disasters.
Even more bizarre, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, is the fact that IBS did not ask for the work, nor was it on a state list of companies eligible for no-bid contracts.
This begs the question, then, as to why IBS was granted the multi-million dollar no bid assignment when another company had already been granted the contract and begun the work.
According to John Byars, a former top district procurement official, Superintendent Ackerman, who President Obama once praised as doing a “great job,” was unhappy with the racial makeup of the people at the top of SDT, and wanted to award the contract to a company headed by a minority.
Byars claims that Ackerman stated a change in plans so that, “all these white boys didn’t get contracts.”
As a result, the school district of Philadelphia has been found guilty of racial discrimination, and is forced to pay SDT $2.3 million in lost revenue and damages.
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H/T The Daily Caller