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  •  There is no affirmative action. (2+ / 0-)
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    VeggiElaine, wader

    It's been unconstitutional aside from some vague weight allowed in admission for diversity purposes in higher education.

    Calling that affirmative action is profoundly misleading, and probably the basis of most opposition.

    The dossier on my DKos activities during the Bush administration will be presented on February 3, 2014, with an appendix consisting an adjudication, dated "a long time ago", that I am Wrong.

    by Inland on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 11:05:00 AM PST

    •  Realistically speaking yes. 1995 style affirmative (2+ / 0-)
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      lotlizard, FG

      action is no longer possible because the Supremes have narrowed the allowable scope of affirmative action quite a bit in successive rulings since that time. The author of SCA-5 has said as much. Sen. Hernandez says that his proposal is nothing more than targeted outreach.
      But at the same time, you can't really say the anti-SCA5 are being hysterical, because the text of SCA-5 , in its final incarnation, is rather alarmingly open-ended. Read teh bill summary for the version which passed the senate:

      The California Constitution prohibits the state from discriminating against, or granting 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.
      This measure would provide that the above prohibition does not prevent state institutions of higher education, as defined, from implementing student recruitment and selection programs permissible under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the United
      States Constitution eliminate this prohibition on state discrimination or preference in the operation of public education.
      That's it. No qualifications about this being used to remedy past discrimination. No stipulation that race could only be a partial consideration, and that a racial quota system should not be allowed, etc. All it says is it's OK to discriminate based on race in university admission. I don't care who you are, this is rather alarming language.

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