racial spoils

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racial spoils pl (plural only)

  1. (US, politics, derogatory) Preferential treatment of minorities in source selection for government contracts.
    The State Senate recently voted to adopt a racial spoils system whereby at least 25% of construction contracts must be awarded to minority-owned businesses.
    • 2009, George F. Will, The Wreck of the Racial Spoils System, The Washington Post
      Ricci [v. DeStefano] may be the rock upon which America's racial spoils system finally founders.