Monday, October 20, 2008

Racial Preference Referenda

This November, voters in Colorado and Nebraska will also be weighing in on whether to end racial and gender preferences in hiring and, importantly, education.

The Wall Street Journal reports that 71% of Nebraskans polled support the amendment, which reads "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to any individual or group...", giving it a strong outlook of passing, despite some ironic "civil-rights based" groups that have been opposing the initiative.

Proposition 209 in California, which ended racial preferences in its public universities, passed in 1996. Since then, the state has seen "systemwide minority enrollment increased between 1997 and 2007 while graduation and retention rates improved," proving that a good student is a good student, regardless of their skin color.

Hopefully, in November, John F. Kennedy's words will hold true in Colorado and Nebraska when he said that, "Simple justice requires that public funds, to which all taxpayers of all races and national origins contribute, not be spent in any fashion which encourages, entrenches, subsidizes or results in racial discrimination."

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