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Harry C Alford

Harry C Alford

The above federal agency is one of the most important offices in our nation.  It is the vanguard for Affirmative Action.  OFCCP was formed into its current structure in 1977 as a result Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and President Lyndon Johnson’s Executive Order 11246.  The office reports to the Secretary of Labor. This office assigns the proper goals for each race and gender.  There is a national goal as well as six regional goals.  Its regulations can be found at CFR Title 41 Chapter 60.

Recently, this office brought a lot of attention to the discriminatory practices of “Silicon Valley”.  It is a shame that some of our largest corporations ignore the goals set for them and get away with it.  If we had a true Secretary of Labor they would be made to change their ways or cease winning government business.  Instead, we as a people are dormant about this situation.  We are equally dormant about construction unions who discriminate on an ongoing basis and the Department of Labor continues to maintain their certifications knowing all the time that they indeed discriminate against Blacks and women.  What good is the Civil Rights Act if we do not enforce it?

Here is a brilliant idea:  Why don’t we do the enforcing since the people who we elect ignore this precious law. The NAACP and Urban League chapters are not doing anything about it.  Discrimination is alive and well in America. So as the saying goes—“If not now, when? If not you, who?” It is very simple to do.

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