California's Prop 209 which Is labeled as an affirmative action initiative was signed into California law in 1996 and guaranteed "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting." Now, the California government wants to repeal the bill, under the guise of "racial justice". The very idea is contradictive.
To say that California is ahead of the rest of the country in terms of policy, at this moment, should utterly terrify you. California is attempting to repeal civil rights, and they're doing it, get this, to implement affirmative action. The law, Proposition 209, as many just simply don't seem to understand, actually protects Californians from discrimination during various process, such as getting hired at a job, or being admitted into an education establishment to name a few. It does so by not allowing the state to discriminate against anyone based on their race, sex, color ethnicity and or national origin for hiring, admission or contracting. This keeps business' and education establishments limited to only hiring based on relevant information, i.e. character, merit, and qualification. For some who may have forgotten, an idea is as old as time, and something your parents and teachers probably rang into you as a kid, you should never judge a book by its cover, meaning you should only judge another based on who they are, and NOT what they look like or any other irrelevant factors that should play no part in any process related to acceptance. Judging someone, based on something they literally have zero control over, is just absurd and irrational.
The proposed language to be stricken from the law:
(a) The State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.
(b) This section shall apply only to action taken after the section's effective date.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as prohibiting bona fide qualifications based on sex which are reasonably necessary to the normal operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.
(d) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as invalidating any court order or consent decree which is in force as of the effective date of this section.
(e) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as prohibiting action which must be taken to establish or maintain eligibility for any federal program, where ineligibility would result in a loss of federal funds to the State.
(f) For the purposes of this section, "State" shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the State itself, any city, county, city and county, public university system, including the University of California, community college district, school district, special district, or any other political subdivision or governmental instrumentality of or within the State.
(g) The remedies available for violations of this section shall be the same, regardless of the injured party's race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin, as are otherwise available for violations of then-existing California antidiscrimination law.
(h) This section shall be self-executing. If any part or parts of this section are found to be in conflict with federal law or the United States Constitution, the section shall be implemented to the maximum extent that federal law and the United States Constitution permit. Any provision held invalid shall be severable from the remaining portions of this section.
As I'm sure one could guess, some of California's politicians are praising this measure to implement affirmative action including mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. In all of Mayor Eric Garcetti's infinite virtue, he stated in a press release on June 19th, 2020, “Our city is hungry for change, and we must knit racial justice and affirmative action into the fabric of our policies, our institutions, and our society,” said Mayor Garcetti. “With the possible repeal of Proposition 209, we will begin preparing now for affirmative action in City government to open the doors of opportunity to African Americans and anyone too often left out and left behind in our economy. But no matter what happens at the ballot box, my executive directive ensures our City leadership looks at every issue through a lens of racial justice, acts to end structural racism, and brings more Black Angelenos and people of color into the halls of government.” Besides this statement, he signed an executive directive to study and promote racial equality in City Departments, not sure exactly what that means but I'm looking forward to finding out.
You can see the proposed changes. All this will do is strike the current PROTECTIVE wording, and not actually add any working regarding affirmative action. View page original here.
Under no circumstance can we allow our country to regress this way. We must stop all this focus on race and begin to realize we're all Americans and any problem one group of people may have with government, is ALL of our problems. Abolishing the police and repealing civil rights is not the way to do any of it. Never let them take your rights away, no matter how they disguise it.
VOTE NO ON PROP 16/ACA-5, Don't allow discrimination in our society.