Op-ed: The California Legislature literally just voted to allow discrimination… but that’s not what they’re telling people.

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SACRAMENTO, CA.- With apologies to our readers on the left coast, something tells us the country might be better off if the San Andreas Fault split California off into its own entity.

Perhaps it could take Oregon and Washington (and the autonomous zone of CHOP) with it. California once again proved that there is something seriously wrong with the water out there, as the state legislature voted this week to actually authorize discrimination, as reported by PJ Media.

Let us be clear…this proposal won’t authorize discrimination against minorities. Conversely, it will allow discrimination against whites- we would venture to guess primarily white males. The legislature voted to permit racial and gender discrimination in all public activities and will move to the ballot in November for a popular vote.

The measure, known as ACA5, would repeal section 31 of Article 1 of the California Constitution.

The people who are pushing the bill claim it is designed to remove a ban on affirmative action, which was passed in 1996. Pushed the Clinton administration’s Janet Napolitano, the University Of California Board Of Regents supports the bill, using the coronavirus pandemic and the death of George Floyd to push the end of affirmative action.

Opponents of the measure say that it amounts to nothing other than a so-called “racial spoils” system which is designed to grant preferential treatment to some minorities over others, in particular, people of color.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, the San Diego Democrat who is carrying ACA5, said mass uprisings in recent weeks against police brutality and systemic racism have shown that new solutions are needed to address the discrimination that remains in many communities.

“As we look around the world, we see there is an urgent cry—an urgent cry for change,’ Weber said on the Assembly floor. “After 25 years of quantitative data, we see that race-neutral solutions cannot fix problems steeped in race.”

John Fund was much more blunt, writing in National Review that it amounted to nothing less than a racial spoils system.

“Liberals in California’s one-party state are on an ideological crusade to continue a racial spoils system forever,” he said. “They should realize how much of the country disagrees with them and how the politics of the issue could once again surprise them and blow up in their face.”

Fund noted that according to a recent Pew Research poll, a majority of those polled in a national survey were opposed to racial preferences in college admissions. This law, if voted in by the owners, will apply that standard statewide in a number of areas.

Why is this coming about? Clearly it is to appeal to the mob. The left likes doing that.  

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Think about this for a minute. We fought a civil war where hundreds of thousands of Americans died to prevent the very thing the Democrats proposal is seeking to overturn. The difference this time? It will not be blacks who will be discriminated against. It will be any other race, be it whites or Asians, who will suffer the brunt of discrimination.

The legislation being replaced, which closely represented the Civil Rights Act of 1964, called Proposition 209, or the California Civil right initiative read, in part as follows:

“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.”

Proposition 209 received 55% of votes and has been able to withstand legal challenges since.

In the vote on Thursday, the legislature struck those words from the California constitution, gutting Prop 209.

The Twitter-sphere showed many people are ecstatic about the vote, which allows discrimination based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin, saying it would “advance true racial and gender equity in this state.”

It’s amazing really. While we have seen riots across the country break out over so-called “systemic racism,” we now have a legislative body that is basically endorsing just that.

The confederacy, which is the cause of so much angst these days that anything even remotely representing that era is being erased, used such a policy to protect whites from co-mingling with blacks, thereby allowing whites to maintain power in the South.

In the social justice warrior world of 2020, they basically want to use discrimination to advance the interests of minorities, including in the university system where discrimination would be allowed against applicants of certain races, while others would maintain preference.

However, Prop 209, which was supposed to negatively affect minority enrollment at California’s state university system, in fact had the opposite effect. Minority student enrollments actually increasing at a significant rates since Prop 209 was passed, from 15% in 1999 to 26% last year, according to Janet Nguyen, a former California legislator who was also the country’s first female Vietnamese-American state legislator.

Equality under the law is one of the bedrock principles of our country, as stated in the declaration of independence, where it says, “all men are created equal.”

Not only that, but it is also contained within the Universal Declaration of Human rights, which was defined by the General Assembly of the United Nations. “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.”

This is what happens when you try to gut history, as is being done across our country, all in the name of “systemic racism.” Discrimination was outlawed a long time ago, and even though our Founding Fathers did not deal with it in the founding of our country, this wrong was corrected through a series of Constitutional amendments.

But what we’ve decided, at least in the case of California, is that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, even if that squeaking is accomplished through riots, looting, murder, and draconian lockdowns.

The thing about California is you never know what you are going to get. It is quite obviously a very liberal state. However, one would seem hard pressed to see a scenario where the voters in California would vote to deliberately gut the principle of equality under the law.

They never cease to amaze.

 

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