Commerce Considers Labeling Arab Americans a Disadvantaged Minority

Rachel Leven, The Hill, May 29, 2012

The Commerce Department is considering naming Arab Americans a socially and economically disadvantaged minority group that is eligible for special business assistance.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) petitioned Commerce earlier this year to ask that Arab Americans be made eligible for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), which helps minority entrepreneurs gain access to capital, contracts and trade opportunities.

The ADC petition cited “discrimination and prejudice in American society[,] resulting in conditions under which Arab-American individuals have been unable to compete in a business world.” The group claimed discrimination against Arab Americans increased after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.


Commerce is asking for comment about whether there is social and economic discrimination against Arab Americans, along with examples of it occurring. The MBDA will decide whether or not to accept the petition by June 27.


MBDA services are now offered to African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Spanish-speaking Americans, American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, Hasidic Jews, Asian-Pacific Americans and Asian Indians.

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  • WmarkW

    Strange how that didn’t stop the Jews and Chinese.

    • IstvanIN

      What all of you seen to refuse to understand is the failure of Arabs to make a go of their own countries is the institutional racism of European-Americans.  The only way to make up for this historical and ongoing failure in the middle east is to bring Arabs here and give a hand UP.  This is not a hand out, but merely help to level the playing field for Arabs.

    • alastairabbacle

      Don’t worry , the Jews and Chinese still get assistance.

      “MBDA services are now offered to African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Spanish-speaking Americans, American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, Hasidic Jews, Asian-Pacific Americans and Asian Indians.”

  • Why do Hasidic Jews need a hook up?

    • Spartan24708

      Why Hasidim in particular and not all Jews? This is a little strange since hasidim are a religious group and not ethnic in origin.

  • TomIron361

    The commerce dept. is all sorts of trouble. anytime the stinking fedgov wants to do something real lousy, look for the commerce dept to be close by.

  • There is NO VILE BRIBE an EVIL LIBERAL ideology will NOT use to PURCHASE MINORITY allegiance!

  • Francis Galton

    Wait, I thought the Commerce Department considered Arab-Americans (North Africans and Middle Easterners) to be WHITE!! After all, Commerce is responsible for the Census! I guess it’s like that trick the FBI/Injusticio Dept. pulls with mestizos: you’ll be categorized White whenever it will hurt or disadvantage Whites, and you’ll be categorized non-White whenever it will hurt or disadvantage Whites–As long as Whites lose, we’re happy!  

    • zWsA

      Good point! The US Census does indeed count Arabs as “Whites.” Will this force them to redefine “White”?

      Blaming failure on discrimination is pathetic. 

      If you look at the data, you’ll realize that Arab Americans actually have a much higher median household income than non-Arab Whites. They have the fourth highest median income of all the ethnic groups in the  US, after Jews, East Indians, and East Asians. Arabs also have higher average educational attainment than the general population. How could anyone claim with a straight face that Arab Americans are disadvantaged in the US? The data suggests the opposite!It’s hilarious to think that Steve Jobs would have qualified for assistance from the Minority Business Development Agency. Poor Steve. His Arab ancestry was such an obstacle to finding opportunities in America, he was forced to create the most valuable corporation in US history, scraping by with just a few billion dollars in his bank account. (sarcasm)

      Discrimination is never an obstacle to success, only an excuse for failure.  

    • Detroit_WASP

      They will be white when the commit crimes, Arabs when they are applying for your job.   Silly goose!

  • The__Bobster

    I suppose this means the camel jockeys will end up owning the hotels that the snake charmers don’t. They already dominate the Dunkin Donuts franchises.

    • mikejones91

      Your thinking of Indians. 

      • Detroit_WASP

        Arabs, whether they are Muslim or Christian, own pretty much
        EVERY liquor store in Detroit.   They need help in business like Saudi Arabia needs sand.

    • zWsA

      You’re right. Arab Americans are very prevalent in business. This petition to the US DoC is a joke!

  • mikejones91

    It can easily be achieved, just NOT in a multi-racial society. Two equally suspicious peoples. How could that ever work?

  • Disadvantage minority? So that’s how they did it. I remember the Vietnamese flooding into this country back in the early 80’s. Most came with literally nothing more than the shirt on their backs and not a word of English to be spoken. Within 3 years, they all had their own business (donut shop, nail salon, dry cleaners, etc) and driving a Mercedes.
    Being a “disadvantaged minority” has its benefits no doubt.

  • Whirlwinder

    Islam is the perpetual victim class of people-until they come into power and then-die infidel. They seek all kind of ways to get money during this stealth jihad time in their takeover of America. Do not doubt that they would replace the Constitution and rule of law with Shariah law if it was in their power to do. The government in America has lost its discerning power to determine who and who is not the enemy. We desparately need leadership in this country to stop the bleeding.

  • Odd, I don’t see any east asian groups on that list.  Which is especially interesting considering how badly they were discriminated against compared to nearly every one else on it (hint: a lot more).

    • MartelC

      actually east asian , in fact all asians, qualify for low interest SBA loans – Indians got themselves classified as asian, not caucasian and get them too. 

    • alastairabbacle

      “MBDA services are now offered to African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Spanish-speaking Americans, American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, Hasidic Jews, Asian-Pacific Americans and Asian Indians.”

      The MBDA: We help everyone, but Whites.

  • IKantunderstand

    So,  what does this mean exactly? More gas stations for arabs? More convenience stores? More “Dunkin Donuts” whereby they can complain about having to sell pig products?  Oops, that was one arab guy in Chicago somewhere.  Actually, I say, what about making your signs in front of your businesses in English? Look, you drive through the main streets of Dearborn, MI.,  all the store signs are in arabic. You want taxpayer money? Provide services for all Americans in English. Otherwise, get the hell out of my country.  By the way, don’t arabs count as “Whites” vis a vis the census? All I’m saying is the demographics that the Census Bureau projects, is even worse for European Whites than they report. You don’t even want to know who is included as a “non hispanic White”. I realize I’m all over the board on this, but to simplify things for my overly stimulated brain, could we  please deport all illegal aliens, STOP legal immigration, and commence to reinstitute American values, and culture, and history, and (sigh) somebody in my workplace who understands a reference  to “We’re not in Kansas anymore”. But , sadly, in point of fact, Kansas is not “Kansas” anymore.

    • Francis Galton

       Your reference to the Wizard of Oz reminded me of something at work that had me flabbergasted.  A few months ago I came to find out that at least two people at my workplace had never heard of Johnny Depp!  This was a woman in her 40s and a guy in his 20s.  Now, I realize that Depp is, perhaps, not as much of a household name as, say, Brad Pitt or George Clooney, but I still found it hard to believe that they had never even HEARD the name before!  Oh yeah, they both just “happen to be” black….

    • You know as well as I do that some Arabs are white (say, most Lebanese etc.), and some evidently not (most Egyptians, say, Nasser or Mubarak).

  • Detroit_WASP

    GREAT!  Yet ANOTHER minority group for us white guys to behind in line!  How much more of this can I take???? 

  • Equal opportunity

    This is pandering to a specific group for the sole purpose of buying votes.  By what standard are they discriminated in business?  I see they have rapidly filled typical first generation jobs and are thriving.

  • HadEnough

    I’ll forgo the obvious retort that, if the Arabs don’t like it here, they can hightail it back to the Sahara.

    Leaving that aside, this is classic Democrat stuff. They’re just like drug dealers giving away free hits until a newbie is addicted and then a customer for life. Any group newly clambered aboard the handouts gravy train is guaranteed to vote Dem for ever more. Heaven knows, the Republicans are useless, but the Dems are simply unspeakable.

    • The__Bobster

      It was Reagan who gave the Hindus favored status for SBA loans.

      • Yeah Ronnie’s Mythical black “Welfare Queen” turned out to be a white Arab woman named Nadia Suleiman! my how the world turns out to be topsy turvy…..

  • The__Bobster

    And every Dunkin Donuts in my area is, too.

    I do know the difference.

    • Detroit_WASP

      Some Indians (dots not feathers) owned a Dawn Donuts here in Detroit.  Some Nigerians came in one day killed the whole Indian family.  

  • If Arabs, regardless of religion, can get special privileges, then so should Jews. Better yet, how ’bout we all get treated FAIRLY by the government?

    • anmpr1

       Individual Jews may not make the list, but Israel might as well be the 51st state, and a depressed one at that, for all the US taxpayer dollars and assistance they get.  See Pat Buhannan’s recent column about their piece of the action.

  • This is like the twilight zone. 

  • eunometic

    These arguments are false on many levels.  

    1 The Muslim tendency to not invest in the careers of their women might have something to do with with their overall lower levels of employabillity.  So Why should White Americans  have to pay for this.

    2 The work Richard Lynn has done on national/ethnic IQ doesn’t fill one with expectations that Muslim-Arab immigrants are particularly bright given the low IQ in their nations of origin.  I very much exclude from this Lebanese Maronite from this, who suffered a demographic collapse from immigration we are now experiencing as well.

    3 The habit of Muslim Arabs of practicing multi generational consanguineous marriage (ie they marry their cousins around 50% of the time; see )  tends to produce a great many inbreeding and genetic problems.  Occasional inbreeding doesn’t matter much but if you do it all the time its a different matter.

    4 Wearing a silly looking tent shaped head to toe sack dress is as likely to get you a job as having multiple facial piercings and tattoos will get you a job as a first class flight attendant.

    5 White Americans tend to be older and more experienced.  Why should they be compared to younger Muslim-Arabs quite possibly with oversize families.

  • I’d say never. And yet, there are people who actually pine and work for “economic equality”, not among people in this country, mind you, but among ALL the world’s countries and territories. 

  • It’s not Arab, it’s Muslim thing. Christian Arabs are fine.

  • It will be interesting to see how they define “Arab”. Iranians clearly are not “Arab”, since Arabic is not their native language. Kurds speak Kurdish and are, therefore, also not Arab. Turks don’t speak Arabic either. Some native Mideastern populations still speak Aramaic – also not Arabs. Are Jewish-Arabs “Arab”? If one’s grandparents moved from Iraq to Germany and then you move to the U.S., are you “Arab” or German? Are Sephardic Jews “Arab”? What about mixed Sephardic/Ashkenazi Jews? Jews who come from Morocco, but speak Spanish instead of Arabic, and whose ancestors came from Spain – would they be called “Arab”?

  • Athling

    More special privileges you and I will pay for and that you and I never got. All we have is the mythical “white privilege.” The real privileges are set up for racial aliens. So much so that many white folks are pretending to be part Native American and so on. If you are white then you’ve got a hard row to hoe in these United States.

  • mobilebay

    Seems our government will do anything for anyone, as long as they are not just plain old Americans

  • John Maddox

    This is the biggest pile of BS that I have heard coming from a Government agency in a while.
    Most people are still convinced that these huddled masses come over here for a better life. I have to that they are very wrong in that the ones that do make it here made it here because they had money in the bank to begin with. Their economic fortunes were stalled in their own countries so they come here where they get special consideration for jobs, housing, and business opportunities. No white American could ever tap into the resources that these people already have at their disposal, not only from the Gov itself but relocation orgs that make sure that new immigrants begin experiencing ‘ The American Dream’ from the minute they step off the plane.

    About a month ago I was astounded by the number of women in Burkas shopping at a Wal-Mart in Arlington Tx . Tell me that their husbands or whatever aren’t working in some lucrative position at one the aerospace firms  or operating some real estate venture. Odd that new strip malls in the area are beginning to look like architecture you might see in downtown Baghdad.

    Muslims in general are becoming almost as numerous as Mexicans in some places.

  • Spartan24708

    I was told by another Jewish person who complained about scams a certain Hasidic group perpetrated. My personal favorite involved purchasing window units at the beginning of the summer, using them during the hottest months, packing them up and returning them to the store for a full refund in the fall. I’m sure the same group was in on some creative welfare applications too.

  • Herman

    Wouldn’t it much easier just to list the groups who aren’t eligible for MBDA services? 

    White Christians and then be done with it.

  • anarchyst

    Arabs already know how to “game the system” and avoid paying taxes.  In addition, they qualify for SBA (Small Business Administration) loans that white males are ineligible for . . . what’s another “protected” (preferred) group. 
    I guess that I should just shut up and pay my taxes . . .

  • anarchyst

    Yes, JPFO is one of the finest organizations out there.  Aaron Zelman is (was) a true patriot . . .
    Look also at Gun Owners of America and the Oath Keepers . . .

  • anarchyst

    It’s cultural insularity that contributes greatly to their success.  This cultural insularity is off-limits to us white males . . . civil rights (for some) laws, ya know . . .