A Man Says His DNA Test Proves He’s Black, and He’s Suing

September 19, 2018

(The Atlantic) – In its four-decade existence, the DBE program has long wrestled with questions of how to determine if someone is a minority. Proof of race and ethnicity “has been a thorn in the side of the DBE program for years,” said a 2001 article in the magazine Government Contractor. But Taylor’s case appears to be the first time, according to Jennifer Sommerville, a lawyer who has written about DBEs, that DNA evidence has come up in a lawsuit over eligibility for the program. According to several legal experts I spoke with, it might also be the first time a genetic test is being cited as evidence of race in any type of court case.