Restaurants owned by white men will be last in line for federal relief under President Joe Biden’s “Restaurants Revitalization Fund” (RRF). The fund explicitly says it will prioritize funds for women and minority groups first.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is opening the application process for restaurant and bar owners to apply for federal help via the RRF. The program hopes to help make up for the loss of revenue due to the coronavirus lockdowns over the last year. Up to $10 million per business will be rewarded.
But, good luck getting that aid if you’re a white man.
According to the SBA, priority groups will come first. To be in the priority group, a business must be majority owned by one or more individuals who are women, veterans, or socially and economically disadvantaged.
Who qualifies as socially and economically disadvantaged?
According to the Biden Administration’s SBA, “socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to Racial or Ethnic prejudice because of their identity as a member of a group without regard to their individual qualities.”
And, if you’re wondering specifically which groups the Biden team means? They outline it for you on page 14 of the loan application. Specifically, they’re talking about hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans, anyone subjected to racial prejudice.
Recently, a group of farmers in the mid-west sued the Biden Administration for a similar move. White, male farmers were told they would be last to receive any assistance related to closures during Covid because the federal government was prioritizing other groups.
Is that even legal? Stephen Miller, the former policy advisor to the President doesn’t think so. He is starting the America First Legal group to specifically address issues like the mid-west farmers encountered.
Seems like restaurant owners might soon be added to Miller’s list.