Calif. Bill Would Allow “Consideration” of Race
John Rosenberg, Discriminations, May 29
On Wednesday the California state assembly passed a bill, by a vote of 45-30 with no debate, that would allow the University of California and California State University systems to consider race in admissions.
But, you must be wondering, as I did, wouldn’t such a law kick sand in the face of Prop. 209, which bans the consideration of race? Good question, but Ricardo Lara, communications director for Marco Firebaugh, principal [not “principle,” as originally mis-typed!] author of the bill, says no.
Lara said the bill does not violate Proposition 209 because it “does not allow for any preferential treatment,” and merely advocates the consideration of more than academic factors.
What is the point of considering something that can’t be used? In fact, if racial information cannot be used to influence admission decisions, what exactly would “consideration” of it entail?
Discriminating minds want to know, and so we turn to Rev. Jesse Jackson for enlightenment.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson supports the ideas in the bill because he said the consideration of race is necessary to achieve the ideals of equality American culture has traditionally resisted.
The reverend is right. This bill is an attempt to achieve a kind of equality — an equality based on state management of the “race market” to achieve ensure a politically determined proper racial mix in all areas of life — that American culture has in fact traditionally resisted. And if that’s not clear enough, Jackson adds:
“Using race as a factor is a good and necessary idea to make crooked ways straight,” Jackson said.
That clears it up.