There will be no referendum in California this year, after all, as a conservative group of Chinese Americans have scared off legislative support for a move to put race back in public admissions and hiring—at least for now.
Senate Constitution Act 5, or SCA5, was sent back by Democratic leaders to the senate, and a new call was issued to start up a bi-cameral commission to discuss how to solve the state’s diversity issue in college admissions and public hiring.
Starting up a commission to look into a problem is always safer than actually working to solve the problem. Normally it’s a bogus thing. But there needs to be a way to get people out of the polarized debate that usually occurs when the topic of race comes up.
>See my piece: http://diverseeducation.com/article/61218/ <
Last week, an organized group of conservative Chinese Americans gloated that their intimidation tactics had killed SCA5.
Apparently, the heavy handed tactics of targeting Asian American elected and politicians, as well as calling outspoken advocates racists and engaging in nasty name-calling debates, was enough to make some key Asian American politicians withdraw support for the measure as it exists.
Plain and simple, they caved. Not just the Asian Americans, all of the Dems.
Maybe a commission can help build a consensus that can revive the revival effort, and bring a referendum before California voters.
But it still won’t happen before 2016.
By then, it should be clear just how far back a generation of Prop.209 has set back this great state’s diversity efforts. And voters should be ready to act. Or not.
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