Record of Response
We are a "nation of laws". Innocent until proven guilty and we have the right to defend ourselves when accused. The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority has a 50 year history of not using minority-owned, black-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, or disadvantaged business-owned contractors. No one has a public record of how much revenue the MBCIA has raised or expended in its 55-years of existence.
During the Jim Crow Era, black sharecroppers and business owners were accustomed to the value of their products and work being questioned. Many black owned business owners were lynched, not paid for work, or subjected to public ridicule for work being deemed "inferior".
The MBCIA waited for over a year's completion of the work at Allied Industrial Park to publicly accuse black contractors of not completing work or erroneous billing. Additionally, instead of using an unbiased auditor, they used the services of a local competitor contractor to assess the work.
#FactCheck: The MBCIA not only knew the contractors but had previously and publicly commended them for the work at Allied Industrial Park. The park had been an eyesore, an environmental issue, and part of of the corporate blight plaguing the Macon-Bibb County community. Try as they may, they can't erase the record and they can't unlawfully reverse a contractual decision.
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