This past Thursday, a federal appellate court passed judgement and threw out a provision in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill due to its discriminatory nature against white restaurant owners along with random select minorities from other countries.
As reported by Gless Greenwald, through his Substack, that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that the gender and racial preferences set up in the COVID relief bill that provided priority funding to minority-owned small restaurants was in violation of the 14th AMendment’s equal protection clause.
Greenwald stated on his Substack, “The specific provision struck down was part of the law’s $29 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant program for small, privately-owned restaurants struggling to meet payroll and rent due to the COVID crisis. The law, which was passed almost entirely by a party-line vote in March, grants priority status to restaurants that have 51% ownership or more composed of specific racial and ethnic groups as well as women. By effectively relegating struggling businesses owned by white males or ethnicities and nationalities excluded from a priority designation ‘to the back of the line,’ the COVID relief program, ruled the court by a 2-1 decision, ran afoul of core constitutional guarantees.”
The owner of Jake’s Bar and Grill in Harriman, Tennessee, Antonio Vitolo, issued a lawsuit targeting the Biden administration for its discriminatory programs due to the forced wait placed on people of certain races and genders.
“I do not want special treatment. I just want to be treated equally under the law. I am opposed to race and sex discrimination, and I would hope my government lived up to the same principle,” Vitolo expressed in a statement.
As noted by Greenwald, Vitolo has a 50% stake in the restaurant that he splits with his Hispanic wife who owns the other 50%. He stated that if his wife had owned 51% of the business or more then they would have gotten put into the priority status queue for the grant, but since they split the place evenly they have to wait due to the fact that he is white.
In the same vein as so many other restaurants during the pandemic, the Vitolos’ restaurant “struggled during the pandemic—it closed on weekdays and offered to-go orders on weekends. It lost workers and a considerable amount in sales,” stated the court.
A judge for the district court rejected the request from the Vitolos to have their grant application looked at without considering race at all, but, however, the appellate court ruled in the Vitolos favor. The 6th circuit issued the order that the federal government had to stop “using these unconstitutional criteria when processing Antonio Vitolo’s application.”
“This case is about whether the government can allocate limited coronavirus relief funds based on the race and sex of the applicants. We hold that it cannot,” stated the court.