For far too long, governments have used race, ethnicity, and skin color to pick winners and losers through discrimination, preferences, and quota programs. California voters decided to end this practice more than 17 years ago when they overwhelmingly passed Prop 209 in 1996.
Unfortunately, California politicians are actively working to ensure the state reverts to policies that treat people differently based on skin color or ethnic identity.
On Jan. 30 Democrats in the state Senate used their two-thirds supermajority to pass SCA 5, which would put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to overturn the state’s ban on racial preferences in public colleges and universities.
This change is disguised as a call for “equalizing opportunities” and “increasing diversity,” but it is a clear assault on equal protection in California. For those who don’t qualify as a preferred minority, it means outright discrimination.
Already, individuals who believe they have the right to equal protection under the law have mounted significant opposition to SCA 5 in the form of an impressive petition campaign direct at California legislators.
They are absolutely right. No politician, public official or bureaucrat should be able to decide, based on race, ethnicity or sex, who should receive special treatment and who can be discriminated against. Each person has the right to be treated as a unique individual based on his or her personal character and achievements. (You can read my full response to this issue in an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times earlier this month.)
The XIV Foundation is currently working on several video projects to tell the real stories of those who are (or would be) impacted negatively by race-based policies. If you have a story, we want to hear it! You can reply to this e-mail or send them to info[at]xivfoundation[dot]org marked “My Story.”
Confronting the public with the personal costs of discrimination is the best way to end these policies once and for all. Your story could help make that a reality.
Thank you for standing up for true equality!
- Jennifer Gratz, CEO