It was a pure joy for me on Thursday to see Black People large and in charge (on the front roll) at the dedication of the TRI-Met Division Street Improvement project. Raimore Construction was awarded the largest contract ever for a Black firm in the history of Oregon construction procurements (87 million dollars). Paraphrasing the owner, Jeff Moreland as he spoke to the large group of attendees, “As you look around, you’ll notice we are not seeking diversity, WE ARE DIVERSITY.” In truth Raimore sets a new standard for any minority or non-minority construction firm seeking to demonstrate diversity. And he certainly puts to shame those so-called black firms who only employ one or two black employees and contributes virtually nothing back to the black community. The HEAT IS ON.