“I’m a certified black man,” he told The Post. “I’m certified black in all 50 states. But the federal government doesn’t recognize me.”
According to the Times, the Small Business Administration accepted a claim from Wages that he is a Cherokee, allowing the company to receive the contracts.
Wages reportedly claims he is one-eighth Cherokee, and told the Times that he would be “very surprised” to learn he is not of Cherokee descent.
The group that Wages is a member of, the Northern Cherokee Nation, is not recognized as a legitimate tribe by either the state or the federal government and is considered fraudulent by leaders of recognized tribes, according to the Times.
I have a construction business and sometimes it happens that I lose a contract or a subcontract to another company with a slightly higher price due to disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) set-asides ...
... and that's okay. America made the decision to pay a little more on public projects to improve equality and I support that. I want equality. What I have a problem with is losing a contract to a company with one minority owner who employees 50 white guys. Those white guys are reaping a benefit intended for minorities, so America isn't getting the equality it's paying for.
I would like to see the rules changed so that DBE certification requires that a certain percentage of a DBE company's employees must be people who, if they owned businesses, would qualify as DBE owners.
A few years back an African-American former [local sports team athlete] got in trouble for being a pass through for the structural steel for our new stadium from a white-owned business. That is against the law. I'm saying the same principle that applies to materials should also apply for the labor that a company provides.
To me, (not a scientist) race is like blood type
Melanin and farmer's tan disagree.
How good are we at making sure that the genomic data we’re collecting is inclusive?
I’m optimistic, but it’s not there yet.
In our 2011 paper, the statistic we had was that more than 96% of participants in genome-wide association studies were of European descent. In the follow-up in 2016, the number went from 96% to around 80%. So that’s getting better. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, a lot of that is due to the entry of China into genetics. A lot of that was due to large-scale studies in Chinese and East Asian populations. Hispanics, for example, make up less than 1% of genome-wide association studies. So we need to do better. Ultimately, we want precision medicine to benefit everybody.
Many genetic researchers have long argued that race has no basis in science. But the debate doesn’t seem to go away.
In a global context there is no model of three, or five, or even 10 human races. There is a broad continuum of genetic variation that is structured, and there are pockets of isolated populations. Three, five, or 10 human races is just not an accurate model; it is far more of a continuum model.
Humans are a beautifully diverse species both phenotypically and genetically. This is very classic population genetics. If I walk from Cape Horn all the way to the top of Finland, every village looks like the village next to it, but at the extremes people are different.
But as a population geneticist?
I don’t find race a meaningful way to characterize people.
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