Prop. 209

On November 5, 1996 we will have the opportunity to have our
voice heard when we go to the polls on election day. Not only
will we be able to vote on who will be the next U.S. President,
but we can also help determine the fate of issues that will help
shape the future of our state, from water to healthcare to
campaign reform to minimum wage. One of these Proposition is
number 209.
Prop. 209 will restore our historic Civil Rights Act that
proclaims simply and clearly: 3The 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 employment,
public education, or public contraction.ý(Ballot pamphlet)
Prop. 209 will generally prohibits discrimination or
preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or
national origin in public employmnet, education, and contracting.
A yes vote on this measure means the elimination of affirmative
action programs for women and minorities that the government
runs. It will save $125 million annually by elemating programs
that the state uses to inforce affirmative action. These savings
can be used for other, more constructive programs to help elimate
discrimination. Maybe other Propositions on the ballet can use
the extra funds. I think that ending affirmative action will be
the right thing to do. It ends government-sponsored
discrimination by rejecting quotas, preferences and set-asides.
My brother had a run in with affirmative action. After
attending a junior college and getting a 4.0 there he transfered
to U.C. Davis for Pre-Med school. Two years later he applied to
Davis1s Medical school and was rejected because there were to
many white students in the college. He was then told to wait an
entire year and apply again. Instead he moved back to our home
town of Bakersfield and became a farmer with my Father. He had
the grades and the chance to become a very successful docter.
Now he is a farmer, far from the E.R. room.
Not every white person is advantaged like most think. We
are all individuals. Real 3affirmative actioný originally meant
no discrimination and sought to provide opportunity. The only
honest and effective way to address inequality of opportunity is
by making sure that all California peoples are provided with the
tools to compete in our society. Then let them succeed on a
fair, color-blind, race-blind, gender-blind basis. Vote
fairness...not favortism.