November 6, 2006, - 4:15 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
I am proud that I have acted as the General Counsel and advisor to the Michigan Civil Rights Inititiative, which will end race, gender, and ethnic preferences in state hiring, promotions, and college admissions. I am proud to be associated with the sagacious Ward Connerly and the bright, courageous campaign manager, Jennifer Gratz, who was a plaintiff in the Supreme Court case against the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policy.
It’s time to end preferences in Michigan. It’s time to end the racism, sexism, and bigotry that comes with preferring Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, women, Muslims and Arabs over the rest of us. Yes, that’s right. In Michigan–and even at federal government levels–Arabs and Muslims get preferences in hiring, promotions, and admissions. That’s why Muslim and Arab groups in Michigan have joined other minority and left-wing groups in trying to stop the end to their gravy train.
If kids of gazillionaires like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, and Denzel Washington sent their kids (if Oprah had any) to college, they’d get preference over more qualified Whites in getting into the University of Michigan. Kids of Oprah and Denzel would be considered underprivileged, whereas working class White kids whose parents are maids and welders would be considered the privileged majority.
Then, there’s the issue of women being admitted in huge numbers over men to universities nationwide, to the point that they–men–are now in the ever-shrinking minority. We see the results in the rest of the public workplace–where, for example, in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), well-qualified men are repeatedly passed over in favor of unqualified women, and the job conditions are relaxed to accommodate those women.
That’s not fair, and it’s not right. It’s time for everyone to truly be judged on their merits and the content of their character, not the color of their skin, the way their internal plumbing works, or whether their ancestors ate burritos or aged, smoked whale.
End the unfairness now. VOTE YES on 2!
It’s a measure of the desperation and lack of merit for those who oppose Proposal 2 that they make the ABSURD claim in an ad that ending race/ethnic/gender preferences would be like 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina.
They’re on crack. And they’re going to lose. No wonder they call themselves BAMN–By Any Means Necessary.
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