President Joe Biden has embraced an “equity” agenda praised by many on the left as an effort to address discrimination.
Across much of America, however, the policy itself looks like a form of discrimination — and one Texas judge appears to agree.
“Socially and economically disadvantaged”
According to The Epoch Times, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor recently found that a white male business owner had been subjected to unconstitutional treatment by a COVID-19 relief program prioritizing relief for women and members of minority communities.
The court ruling included a temporary restraining order on the program and ordered the Biden administration to treat all applicants the same regardless of race or gender.
At issue in the case is a Small Business Administration order to process applications from certain “socially and economically disadvantaged” groups during the first three weeks of its relief program for restaurant owners.
The rule is part of an apparent trend within the current administration to advance controversial social justice theories.
But cafe owner Philip Greer says he lost $100,000 during the pandemic and claims the SBA policy deprived him of equal protection under the law since he did not fall into the Biden administration’s favored identity groups, as The Hill reports.
“Legally and morally wrong”
O’Connor signaled that Greer’s lawsuit against the SBA is likely to succeed, noting that he is “otherwise eligible” for a grant “but for the allegedly unconstitutional prioritization scheme preventing his application from being processed.”
Administrator Isabella Guzman argued on behalf of the SBA that Greer has not suffered any harm and did not apply for a grant, conceding that the program is “race-conscious” but denying that it violates equal protection.
The judge was not persuaded, however, agreeing with the business owner in determining that he could have been unfairly excluded from the relief program because of his race and gender, according to The Hill. The judge wrote: “The evidence submitted by plaintiffs indicates that the entire $28.6 billion in the Restaurant Revitalization Fund may be depleted before plaintiffs’ application can be considered for relief under the program.”
Greer is being represented in court by former Trump adviser Stephen Miller, who is also opposing a pandemic relief program that allegedly discriminates against white farmers.
“Racial discrimination, in any form, is legally and morally wrong,” Miller said, according to The Epoch Times. “It is un-American. It is unconscionable. And it must be stopped.”