A petition campaign against ACA7, an underhanded bill to repeal the state’s equality-supporting Proposition 209 based on The Science™
Back in the days before Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Critical Race Theory, there was “affirmative action.” Affirmative action became one of the first tools used by progressives to begin dismantling America’s merit-based system of reward and success.
In 1996, Californians were becoming concerned about the threat to true equality under the law, especially as it was being applied at the state’s institutions of higher learning. California Proposition 209, the Affirmative Action Initiative, was placed on the ballot and won the day with 55% of the vote.
Proposition 209 language was simple, adding the following section to the California Constitution’s Declaration of Rights: the “state cannot discriminate against or grant preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, and public contracting.”
The progressive politicos in Sacramento have been fighting Proposition 209 ever since, as it prevents them from using their preferred-victim preference guide to divide people as well as gain and maintain power. Back in 2020, there was another proposition offered up that would have repealed 209. Proposition 16 went down to a resounding defeat, with an even larger percent of voters rejecting that measure than approved 209.
However, social justice cultists never stop. Let me introduce you to California Assembly Constitutional Amendment 7 (ACA7), which is an underhanded method to repeal Proposition 209 based on The Science™.
This measure would provide that, subject to approval by the Governor pursuant to specified procedures, the state may use state moneys to fund research-based, or research-informed, and culturally specific programs in any industry if those programs are established or otherwise implemented by the state for purposes of increasing the life expectancy of, improving educational outcomes for, or lifting out of poverty specific groups based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, or marginalized genders, sexes, or sexual orientations.
“[T]he State may use state moneys to fund research-based, or research-informed, and culturally specific programs in any industry, including, but not limited to, public employment, public education, and public contracting, if those programs are established or otherwise implemented by the State for purposes of increasing the life expectancy of, improving educational outcomes for, or lifting out of poverty specific groups based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, or marginalized genders, sexes, or sexual orientations.”
This would let them ignore the ban on discrimination as long as they can point to some bogus research. It’s the progressive response to losing a 2020 voter referendum on rescinding the constitutional ban.
Even if this were to pass the California Assembly and Senate, voters would have to approve it in another referendum. But organizations such as Californians for Equal Rights and the American Civil Rights Project are hoping to nip this before it reaches that stage.
We have enough experience with covid pandemic policies to know The Science will mean whatever the politically powerful want it to mean.
Gail Heriot, who fought the original battle to get Proposition 209 before the voters, is publicizing a petition campaign to drive a stake in the heart of this undying attempt to erase Proposition 209.
The new proposal – known as Assembly Constitutional Amendment 7 or ACA-7- is trickier. Instead of repealing the words outright, it gives the Governor the power to make “exceptions” to Proposition 209. If the Governor can point to “research” that purports to find that discrimination would be a good thing, he or she can make an exception.
In other words, ACA-7 asks California voters to pre-approve unknown exceptions to their fundamental right to be treated equally. This is an insult to voters’ intelligence. If ACA-7 becomes law, present and future governors will be able to make as many exceptions as they like, so long as they can find “research” that says it’s okay to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin, etc.
We all know that “research” can be found or created to support practically anything. If voters approve ACA-7, the exceptions will swallow the rule.
The group hopes to stop these efforts to enshrine racism in the California Constitution before they go further.
The group, No on ACA7, is found HERE.
The petition, open to residents of any state, can be found HERE.
The “No on ACA7” photo parade continues! Don’t let California legislators gut the state constitution’s ban on preferential treatment based on race, sex, or ethnicity. #NoACA7 #KeepDiscriminationIllegal #NoACA7photoparade pic.twitter.com/hJrssQHl7a
— Gail Heriot (@GailHeriot) December 26, 2023
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