Small Business Owners Sue Biden Admin for Racial Discrimination

Plaintiffs allege Minority Business Development Agency denied assistance based on race

March 21, 2023

Small business owners are suing the Biden administration for allegedly denying them federal funds over their race, Fox News reported.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) is suing the Biden administration on behalf of three small business owners after the federal Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) denied them assistance, reportedly on the basis of race. WILL alleges that the practices of the agency, which exclusively serves businesses "owned and operated by African Americans, Asian Americans, Hasidic Jews, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders," are unconstitutional.

"It's just plain offensive that President Biden set up an agency devoted to helping some races, and not others," said Jeffrey Nuziard, a plaintiff and U.S. Army veteran."I just wish the Biden Administration would help all businesses in this difficult and uncertain economy, not just some based on race."

The MBDA, which President Joe Biden made a permanent federal agency in 2021, is part of the Biden administration's broader effort to promote so-called racial equity. Biden’s $6.9 trillion budget for FY 2024 will funnel billions of dollars to initiatives like subsidized housing for minorities and to "strengthen diversity and inclusion goals" in federal offices.

The Biden administration's budget plan also includes $110 million in funding for the MBDA. The agency did not respond to a request for comment.