Today's Date: April 23, 2024
TULU 2024 World Indigenous Tourism Summit Opens in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Gathering 27 Countries to Focus on "Indigenous Cultures an   •   Announcing the Fifth Annual Women in Horticulture Week: A Celebration of Women's Progress and Empowerment in the Green Industry   •   Vasta Platform Limited to Report First Quarter 2024 Financial Results on May 08, 2024   •   Seagate Drives Progress on Its Renewable Energy and Circularity Programs   •   Sallie Mae Declares Dividends on Preferred Stock Series B and Common Stock   •   2023 Sustainability Report Demonstrates Canfor and Canfor Pulp's Continued ESG Performance   •   BuzzFeed, Inc. to Release First Quarter 2024 Financial Results on Monday, May 13, 2024   •   Quaker Houghton Releases its 2023 Sustainability Report   •   Green Seal Releases 2024 Impact Report Showing Meaningful Plastic, Water, Carbon Savings from Certified Products   •   PG&E Customers' Electricity 100% Greenhouse Gas-Free in 2023   •   JBG SMITH Releases 2024 Sustainability Report   •   First of its Kind Partnership Delivers a Waste Heat to Power Project That Will Reduce the University of Dayton’s Carbon Fo   •   iSun, Inc. Announces Restructuring of Executive Team   •   Coke Florida Celebrates Earth Day with Statewide Sustainability and Conservation Activities   •   BOARDWALK RELEASES 2023 ESG REPORT   •   AUSTRALIAN BATTERY MATERIALS INNOVATOR ANNOUNCES US EXPANSION   •   Resilient Waters Fund Wins the 2024 Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge   •   New novel explores love, loss and triumph through the eyes of a first-generation Latina lawyer   •   Alterra Mountain Company Releases Its 2023 Impact Report   •   2023 Sustainability Report Demonstrates Canfor Pulp and Canfor's Continued ESG Performance
Bookmark and Share

Author Tells Of Discrimination In Construction Industry

 BUFFALO, NY -- Fighting back from the massive stroke that paralyzed him in 1995 wasn't the first war waged by Sherman Turner, a master plumber for the Small Business Administration. His first and ongoing battle is with what he calls the "Wall Street money contractors" that discriminate against African Americans like him in the construction trades. In the just-released Minorities Deceived: The Sherman Turner Story, Part I, Turner shares his experience of deceit and racial discrimination. Kenya Rehabilitation, Part 2 is also now available.

The SBA originally agreed to partner with a large, white-owned contractor on a project assigned to Turner's oversight. When the contractor began discriminating against minorities in its hiring and training practices, the SBA quietly asked Turner to do the job alone – an act that would spark a war of sorts, Turner says, since the larger contractor controlled the unions and suppliers, and had financial resources far greater than the local SBA office did.

"What happened to the report of bad behavior filed by the SBA with the Buffalo District director's office? Was it lost or misplaced? Or was it ignored?" Turner still asks today.

That experience, along with other forms of discrimination he has experienced, made Turner into an advocate for minorities in the construction industry. Minorities Deceived shines a light that he hopes will inspire minorities to overcome obstacles and communities to hold federally funded construction projects accountable to the regulations intended to prevent racial inequities. "Still today, 70 to 90 percent of the mighty Wall Street money contractors still will not stop discrimination practices because of the lack of enforcement," Turner says.

The author was able to write the book only after traveling to Kenya and learning to speak African Kiswahili, or Swahili. The stroke that paralyzed him also took away much of his memory. His doctor recommended learning another language to help restore proper brain function.


About the Author
Sherman L. Turner of Buffalo, N.Y., was a master plumber and minority contractor for the Small Business Administration. Paralyzed by a massive stroke in 1995, he traveled to Kenya to try learning another language, at his doctor's suggestion, to aid his recovery. At the Kenyan School of Languages and Rehabilitations, he learned the African language Kiswahili in year 2004, which helped improve his memory; it was there also that he first learned of Barack Obama. 


STORY TAGS: BLACK, AFRICAN AMERICAN, MINORITY, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, , RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News