Booker Rising: : “Colorado Voters Will Choose Yes Or No On Equality”

Booker Rising

“Colorado Voters Will Choose Yes Or No On Equality”

La Shawn Barber, a conservative blogger, opines: “Who would have thought that in 2008, some 50 years after the country groaned under the strain of dismantling over a century’s worth of laws and practices that relegated blacks to second class citizenship, the government still would be discriminating against people on the basis of race? Alive and well is the practice of assessing black job applicants, contract bidders, and prospective college students under standards lower than those used to assess others, all in the name of diversity. Euphemistically known as affirmative action, this practice is odious enough when done in the private sector. But when the government does it, it’s time to act.”

She continues her commentary: “In March, the Colorado Secretary of State determined that the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative (CoCRI) had received enough signatures to be placed on the ballot. On November 4, 2008, the people of Colorado will vote on whether their state government may continue preferring members of one group over another based on race and sex. Amendment 46 would amend the state constitution to read: ‘The state shall not discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to any group or individual on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public contracting, or public education.’ Various groups tried to stop the campaign. One group claimed CoCRI signature gatherers duped people into signing a petition to keep preferences. Last month, an administrative law judge threw out those claims.”

And more: “Today, Republicans are demonized for opposing race preferences, but it was a Republican who got the ball rolling in the first place. Politics aside, Americans can disagree about affirmative action and whether it’s still needed in 2008, but there should be no disagreement about government practices and policies that prefer one person over another based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”

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