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Detroit-based activist group wants Prop. 209 overturned

Connerly thinks measure banning race, gender preferences will survive lawsuit

The man behind a controversial 1996 state ballot measure that banned race and gender preferences in state hiring and admissions said Tuesday night that he thinks it will withstand a new legal challenge.

Ward Connerly said he thinks a lawsuit filed by the activist group By Any Means Necessary in U.S. District Court in Oakland Tuesday, which seeks to overturn part of Proposition 209, misinterprets rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court in affirmative action cases in recent years.

Proposition 209 bans public institutions from considering race, sex or ethnicity in public education, public employment and public contracting.

George B. Washington, the lead attorney for By Any Means Necessary, which was founded in 1995 to fight the University of California Board of Regents' ban on affirmative action, said the suit seeks to bar the state from enforcing Prop 209 as it applies to admissions to the UC system.

However, Washington said the suit doesn't seek to overturn other parts of Proposition 209.

Connerly, who is the founder and chairman of the Sacramento-based American Civil Rights Institute and formerly served on the Board of Regents, said similar measures in the states of Washington, Michigan and Nebraska were all challenged "but in every instance the courts found that there were no grounds for the challenges."

Washington, a Detroit-based labor and civil rights attorney, said the percentage of black and Latino students admitted to UC has dropped dramatically since Prop 209 was enacted.

"This is an outrage and a social explosion waiting to happen," Washington said at a news conference outside federal court in Oakland.

Proposition 209 was upheld by federal appellate courts, but Washington said "the whole ballgame has changed" because of a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding an affirmative action program at the University of Michigan's law school and the dramatic decline of black and Latino students at the UC system.

But Connerly said he thinks Washington is "misinterpreting" the 2003 case, called Grutter v. Bollinger, and is ignoring a subsequent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action.

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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Only those with the grades required to get into colleges should be admitted---no exceptions due to any PC BS.
Honestly, if you dumb down the standards, those benefitting from the lower admission standards will only flunk out later. Who wins in that situation? Certainly not the qualified students who get bumped in favor of guilty, liberal elite politics


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Posted by Are they blind
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Why isn't equality good enough ? WHAT will be enough. If an overweight black female, who suffered childhood abuses can make herself the richest woman in America, why can't other blacks be happy with what the rest of us have to live with. I see no reason to think they are entitled to MORE. We've stepped aside long enough. 3 middle-class white males in my family would like to go to Cal right now. They have honors 4.0 and 3.9, not the asian 4.4. But sadly, since they Dad's a basic engineer, just trying to keep a house in the Bay Area, there's nothing left for 3 boys to go to Cal. And CAL simply will not provide any aid to white boys...with the grades. Aid is for minorities as it is RIGHT NOW ...and the very poor. Our boys a MATH guys, it's just chatter about needing quality math students, when Cal discrimninates against white males. I think these groups better shut up and accept equality...WHAT will ever be enough!! I thought the youth were pretty much accepting and working together. IF this group keeps pushing for more, over & above equality...I guess the race wars can start AGAIN !! We no longer have trades or skills...I guess MINORITY STATUS is suppose to quarantee entitled PROFESSIONAL careers..., but silly for a white guy to think he could get equal consideration. Even every company or group gives scholarships to 'minorities'. Affirmative action has now created a US President, but how many decades are white guys expected to sit silently by the sidelines ?? Tell me, what is wrong with equality. This is going to turn around and BITE some folks....WHITE guys are quickly becoming the MINORITY...then what ?? There will be hell to pay...


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Posted by Dominic
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 18, 2010 at 7:10 am

Indeed, this is a core problem in our culture today. The idea that people are entitled because they are part of a minority instead of being granted access just like everyone else, on merit...This has become a disease, perverting the whole civil rights movement. Affirmative action, now a dinosaur policy, is a disaster in current times hampering organizations and individuals from being being challenged to the best they can be...


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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

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Whoooo. Prop 209 is the law of California until it is successfully challenged. It hasn't been. That means Cal is not using gender or race in admissions. If you think they have, then get a lawyer and go get em.

Discrimination is bad social policy. Always has been.


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Posted by Bob123
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

So it is okay to award someone extra points or advantage in deciding who gets admitted to a particular school based on whether or not they are a member of a minority group--or a "disadvantaged "group and it is okay to place a heavier burden on others solely because that applicant is a member of the majority and by default is assumed to have had an easier path and did not have to work to earn the acceptable grades required to be admitted. That my friends is called DISCRIMINATION and is exacltly why 209 was passed.The "right" to admission should be- does the person have the grades and achievements necesary to satisfy the criteria for admission-- not what group do they belong to, what school did the attend or what zip code do they live in. It makes no sense to advance any one group over another by dumbing down the standards for admission. But in this PC world some ( Mr Washington no doubt think the rules are to be bent and manipulated to a particular groups benefit merely due to the accident of birth.


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Posted by bob123
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2010 at 9:43 am

Enough with the PC crap--admit those who have met the criteria for admission regardless of background , zip code or group association. It is simply not aceptable to discrimnate against the socalled majority by dumbing down the requirements for non majority applciants. Years ago we used to say garbage in=garbage out-- same thing applies now.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:11 am

I support PC all the way!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

ONLY American's that serve their country in the US Military should be allowed to pursue their university dreams. NO SERVICE NO HIGHER EDUCATION.

Those students that serve in the US Military would then receive a FREE US UNIVERSITY EDUCATION.

NO SERVICE, GET A JOB OR LEAVE OUR COUNTRY. NONE OF THIS PC STUFF THAT MOST OF YOU HAVE ENJOYED FOR SO MANY DECADES WHILE LOYAL AMERICANS SERVE IS GOING TO ALLOW YOU TO COAST.

SIGNED,

AMBULANCE TORRES & FRIENDS!


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Posted by bob123
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

Cholo--welcome to the debate.

For once I agree with you-- what a great step toward improving the country- mandatory military/community service followed by a higher education.

How can I thank you for such a suggestion!!

As always I appreciate your willingness to be the first to sign up for such a program--


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Posted by Are you blind
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:28 am

Mooseturd, precisely why Cal's open violation of state law is so wrong. ANY manipulation IS DISCRIMINATION period. But Pres Yudof and Chancellor Bergineau openly violate the law daily. Many in academia think they have a devine right to conduct their own social engineering. How can you say "that means Cal is not using gender or race in admissions". They violate the law ! ! ! !that's how. Who's stopping them. I'd like an honest review of applicants grades and review financial aid applications...THAT would be a justified review. You must live a very sheltered life, if you think they are dutifully obeying prop 209. People in this valley, connected with Cal, and have observed their practices verify this DISCRIMINATION. It's been 45 years of yielding and it is not fair to the 3 males in my family....yet we're the ones that have always paid the taxes....paying for others get a free-ride all the way through. Yudof & Bergeneau said the latest tuition increase would go the provide MORE ASSISTANCE...yes, to all those who fit their arbitrary guidelines...rich can pay more, but it seals it that kids from middle-class families can't get the opportunity to attend.....like minorities and poor get to enjoy.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:28 am

I have already served in 101st Airborne, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Now it's your turn.

Community service is not the same. My recommendation is that all young Americans serve in the US Military. MEN & WOMEN, no PC crap to get out of it.


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Posted by Bob123
a resident of another community
on Feb 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Cholo

God bless you for your service-- I spent 27 years -8 active including combat tour in RVN and 19 years in Reserves. So i know and agree that military is not the same as community service but I think mandatory service for all citizens -male and female-of some kind is a must if we are every to get this country rightside up again..


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Posted by Are you blind
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Cholo always manages to switch the topic AWAY from the discrimination caused by affirmative action excesses..... Last week , just like last year there a "weekends" at Hayward State and Davis, Merced, etc DESIGNATED weekedns for HYSPANICS for them to take advantage of ALL THE COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED ..just to THEM. ...Honors Middle-class white males get turned away...unless they can put up every penny themselves. Doesn't matter if the minorities even want what is thrust in their faces. A master's in social services doesn't exactly contribute to the GDP !!!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

To serve in the US Military is an HONOR. My family was granted political asylum and we have all been responsible American citizens. Sorry to disappoint you!

I worked my way through college. I didn't receive any free money.

now blindy, I want an apppoooooogy from you ASAP...SNAP SNAP!

VIVA AMERICA! VIVA!


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