Biden Loses In Court Over Racist COVID Relief Bill

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A federal court just ended a racially discriminatorily clause in on Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that would see white restaurant workers lose out on much-needed financial relief. The bill violated the 14th Amendment.

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The clause that was ruled out was part of the law’s $29 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant program for small, privately owned eateries that were struggling to pay payroll and rent because of the COVID problem.


The rule, which was nearly totally passed on a party-line vote in March, offers preferential status to restaurants with 51 percent or more ownership made up of people of a certain racial or ethnic group.

According to Mairead McArdle of The Daily Wire, the initiative required restaurant owners who are white males to wait 21 days for applications of eateries owned by minorities to be processed, a wait time that would likely exhaust the fund.

Resturant Owner Fights Back

Because of the long wait, Antonio Vitolo, the proprietor of Jake’s Bar and Grill in Harriman, Tennessee, issued a prompt lawsuit against the Biden administration’s practice of discrimination.
 

Vitolo said he isn’t looking for special treatment and that he simply wants to be treated equally in the eyes of the law. In a press statement, Vitolo stated that he is opposed to racial and gender discrimination and he would wish the government followed suit.

Vitolo owns half of the restaurant, according to Greenwald, and his Hispanic wife owns the other half. They would have gained priority status for a grant if his wife owned 51 percent or more of the company; yet, because they own it equally and he is white, they had to wait.


He Isn’t the Only One

The Vitolos’ eatery struggled throughout the pandemic, closing on weekdays and offering to-go meals on weekends as did many others. It lost employees and a significant amount of revenue.

The Vitolos’ desire to have their grant application examined without regard to their race was initially denied by a district court judge, but the appeals court found in their favor. The federal government must stop the use of “unconstitutional factors” regarding the “processing [of] Antonio Vitolo’s application,” according to the 6th Circuit.

 

The government’s “scattershot approach” to identifying who qualified as a “socially and economically disadvantaged” group was criticized by Judge Amul Thapar. Thapar was also appointed to the appellate court by former President Donald Trump and wrote the majority judgment in this specific case.

Thus far, individuals with Pakistani or Indian origin are eligible for special treatment. The people from Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq, on the other hand, are not. Meanwhile, the Chinese, Japanese, and Hong Kong residents are all eligible. Tunisians, Libyans, and Moroccans, on the other hand, are not, he said.