Colorado Independent: McCain quietly supports anti-affirmative action agenda

Colorado Independent

McCain quietly supports anti-affirmative action agenda

To figure out where the presidential candidates stand on affirmative action, one need look no further than Colorado’s ballot. Amendment 46, dubbed the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative, will destroy preferential treatment for women and minorities in public contracting, hiring and education. That measure, plus an identical one on Nebraska’s ballot, is part of a national attempt to dismantle affirmative action state-by-state.


The effort’s main backer, a black California businessman named Ward Connerly, has sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Colorado proposal alone. In an interview with The Associated Press, Connerly said that John McCain has tepidly endorsed the measure but “would ideally like to leave [the issue] alone,” if elected.

“Although he supports the initiatives, I believe he would just as soon that it go away,” Connerly said in the article. “He doesn’t want to come across as hostile to black people and Hispanics.”

One Response

  1. Eliminating affirmative action, or replacing race-based affirmative action with class-based affirmative action, perpetuates a fundamental inequality in U.S. society most recently documented by professors at Harvard University and Northeastern University. They found:

    “First, black and Latino children consistently live in more disadvantaged neighborhoods than white children, even the worst-off white children. Second, a large fraction of black and Latino children consistently experience double jeopardy – that is, they live in poor families and in poor neighborhoods. White children very rarely experience double jeopardy.”
    (Health Affairs, 27(2):324, March/April 2008)

    If efforts like those in Colorado succeed, the legacy and currency of racism will continue.

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