Nebraska Activist Claims Omaha Jobs Program Discriminates Against Latinos
OMAHA, NE – July 10, 2018
Ben Salazar, a community activist from South Omaha, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development claiming that the state’s jobs program discriminates against Latino youth attempting to enter the workforce. Salazar pointed out only 15% of the participants of the program are of Latino origin, which points to discrimination. Salazar claims that it is unfair for a discriminatory program to receive city and Federal money.
“If the tables were reversed, and the Latino community was getting $1 million of government money for predominately Hispanic youth at the expense of African-American youth, the African-American community would be up in arms,” he said. “I would support them if the tables were turned.”
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said Salazar’s claims are without merit. She said the program has been “very successful,” with more than 600 young people from across the city participating this summer.