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existential1 wrote

Honestly I've been reading a lot. Nothing fiction. I've been starting a research project on disparity studies and it is so time consuming and frankly, depressing. This is a highly specialized area of law that happens to coincide with work for me but it's basically a niche industry where consultants study how much an agency, typically a government agency, has underutilized some segment of the population in some way (usually contracting).

What's so interesting about it is that even if you're a government institution, say a city, that wants to setup a program to have race and gender conscious programs, you have to go through so many hoops to do it. And even after you go through the hoops, there may not be the infrastructure to support the program once presented with a legal challenge (and there will be a legal challenge).

For example, suppose that you are some rando city anywhere in the USA and you want to make a program that ensures you equitably contract with LGBTQ+ businesses. First, how will a third party consultant be able to find the volume of those businesses in EVERY business category for which you contract (construction, goods, services, architecture and engineering)? The US census does not ask for that status as they do for race (questionably for gender depending on your flavor of LGBTQ+). So where does that data exist? If you don't have the data to prove that there are x amount of businesses that are not being utilized at the rate that they exist in your market AND you cannot prove that they're not being utilized because of a specific party, you legally cannot create that program.

This is one of the areas of law and public policy in the US that a lot of leftists and anarchists have no idea that exists and its implications. It is literally the area of law that allows government agencies to give specific preference based on race and gender to remedy past discrimination. But it is excessively difficult to do and takes a lot of planning, foresight, and lawyers who aren't scared of white men who will sue because of "reverse racism".

Anyways, like I work has a lot to do with this area and honestly it's just sad that even if you have people that really and truly want to do right, it's exceedingly difficult to do so.