Your Grandfather didn
What a perfect response to a naïve question. Last week in New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin held a press conference to formally announce his 35% Disadvantaged Business Enterprise procurement goal for all City projects and contracts. He made the announcement at Baker Ready Mix which is a concrete plant owned by National Black Chamber of Commerce Board Member Arnold Baker. A Fox News reporter approached Arnold and asked the question "Why is the Mayor doing this? Can't Black business owners network their own way into business development without such affirmative action?" Without raising his voice or showing his anger Arnold simply said, "Here's the deal - your grandfather did not and would not play golf with my grandfather. In essence, this is why we are here today."