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Official Victim Status for Arab-Americans?
by Matthew Vadum
The Obama administration may soon classify Arab-Americans as a "socially and economically disadvantaged group" entitled to receive taxpayer-funded goodies and special privileges from the Commerce Department.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), founded by the Israel-hating far-left former U.S. Sen. James Abourezk (D-S.D.), petitioned the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) for special status on January 4 of this year.
Business owners of any ethno-cultural background are allowed to seek official victim status from MBDA, a unit of the political pork-dispensing Department of Commerce. Once awarded, that status, ADC acknowledges, would "create a presumption of eligibility" for Arab-Americans "thereby eliminating the need for amassing and producing evidence of social and economic disadvantage" by individual business owners seeking government aid.
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