ATLANTA (WAOK)-After several references to the lack of minority contractors hired by the Georgia Department of Transportation during the debate over passage of the T-SPLOST referendum, the Georgia State Conference NAACP has sent a letter containing the signatures of several prominent community leaders who want to see the GDOT investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for ‘willful’ acts of discrimination against African-American and possibly other minority-owned businesses.
The two-page letter was drafted in direct response to the 2012 GDOT Disparity Study that examines, among other things, whether there is a disparity between GDOT’s actual utilization of African-American and other minority-owned firms and what should be expected based on the availability of these businesses to actually perform the work.
“Our letter is designed to expose how GDOT has not been a good agent of the Federal funds received for Georgia transportation projects,” stated NAACP Georgia State Conference President Ed Dubose. “The study itself seems to reveal how GDOT willfully excluded African-Americans and other minority-owned firms from obtaining their fair share of transportation-related contracts.”
The Study, which purportedly analyzes participation of minority and other forms of disadvantaged businesses in GDOT’s construction and engineering contracts, was released on July 15, 2012. “This disparity study is like a GDOT report card that got here just in time for us to contemplate GDOT’s current contracting practices against the tremendous risks associated with entrusting them with potentially billions of dollars from T-SPLOST. We just can’t afford to do that. We want all concerned citizens within the 12 regions to join us and Vote ‘No!’ on July 31st.”
Read the letter below Investigate GDOT Letter from President Edward O. Dubose