To Boot Out Prop 209:Black Lawmakers Make Case for Affirmative Action

Source: Black Voice News - View Original Article
Published: May 04, 2020
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68% Liberal


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Public Education Spending
Affirmative Action

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94% "We refuse to let the rich and powerful use race and lies to divide us when so much is at stake.""
93% "Coalition members said Proposition 209 exacerbated disparities.""
92% "It's been 24 years -- 24 long years -- since Prop.""
90% "The Court also ruled that race cannot be the deciding factor in admission.""
89% "Though less often discussed, Prop.""
87% "They argue public organizations should reflect the communities they serve -- and point to data that shows that diverse environments foster understanding and respect ..."
86% "Instead, they say, it removes barriers.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

94% : "We refuse to let the rich and powerful use race and lies to divide us when so much is at stake.
93% : Coalition members said Proposition 209 exacerbated disparities.
92% : "It's been 24 years -- 24 long years -- since Prop.
90% : The Court also ruled that race cannot be the deciding factor in admission.
89% : 209's impact on admission at California's most competitive public universities has remained a flashpoint in public debate about the policy.
89% : California is one of eight states that has barred affirmative action altogether.
89% : Though less often discussed, Prop.
87% : They argue public organizations should reflect the communities they serve -- and point to data that shows that diverse environments foster understanding and respect for others.
86% : While post Prop 209, Black, Latino, and Native American enrollment at UCLA and UC Berkeley dropped by 60 percent.
86% : Instead, they say, it removes barriers.
86% : Organizers on both sides say they're fighting for equality.
85% : During the discussion he referenced recently-released California Department of Public Health (CDPH) data that showed Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians are also dying at a higher rate than their representation in the population.
84% : That's language from Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 (ACA-5)
84% : "This law served as an impediment to state contracting, hiring and legislative policies addressing economic and social disparities experienced by women and people of color," said Weber.
83% : Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) want their colleagues in the legislature to consider that question and examine whether affirmative action is the right response for redressing that history of inequality.
78% : More than 100 people logged on to take part in a discussion about the ethnic disparities of the COVID-19 crisis.
78% : supporters also said this population is less likely to have access to public job opportunities, and women and small business owners who are Black or from other minority groups are less likely to earn government contracts.
78% : The Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) used similar language in a press release encouraging Californians to join the fight.
75% : A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report confirmed that death rates for African Americans and Latinos "were substantially higher than that of white" people. Coalition member Vincent Pan is the Co-Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA).
74% : UC research also finds a denial letter can derail a student's life trajectory.
72% : 209 has impacted public contracts and hiring for nearly a quarter of a century.
68% : It banned discrimination or preferential treatment based on race or gender in public education, employment, and contracting.
68% : The campaign against affirmative action includes drumming up support mostly online and encouraging people to contact their state representatives.
67% : In 1996 voters passed the controversial amendment to the state constitution.
67% : While people from communities of color are more likely to be hospitalized for the virus, they're less likely to have healthcare coverage and more likely to work essential service jobs.
67% : Ethnic minority groups have mobilized on both sides "... with the intent to divide the various ethnic communities to fight over the scraps at the University of California," said Weber at the March 10 press conference announcing ACA-5.
67% : In a statement appealing to Asian American business owners, CAA wrote, "repealing Proposition 209 would unlock billions of dollars in economic opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) small business owners.
66% : In addition to virtual meetings, the Opportunity for All Coalition is encouraging supporters to tweet Assemblymembers Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) and Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach) to encourage the Democratic lawmakers to vote for ACA-5.
64% : We're not going to rebuild a stronger California unless we come together to end discrimination and ensure real equal opportunity for all."
60% : introduced by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson).
59% : The Opportunity for All Coalition is a group that has formed in support of ACA-5, which would repeal Proposition 209.
56% : It would take a two-thirds majority vote to repeal Proposition 209.
53% : Coalition member and the Chair of the California State Board of Equalization, Malia Cohen, said data revealing that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus crisis highlights inequities in society and the need for affirmative action.
53% : The national organization known for accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asians wrote: "ACA-5 will surely result in racial discrimination against Asian Americans in California."
53% : This might help to explain some of the emotion driving the dispute that has gone before the nation's highest court.
52% : In a written statement, the Opportunity for All Coalition said the state's ban on affirmative action hurts everyone, citing a decrease in college-educated workers and lost wages.
50% : In cities where affirmative action is legal, like Chicago or Atlanta, AAPI-owned businesses earn much more in public contracts than in San Francisco or Los Angeles."
48% : On ACA-5'' is the name of a Change.org petition being circulated by a Silicon Valley-based Asian American group that campaigned to block past repeal efforts in 2014.
48% : Still, African American enrollment at the UCs hasn't rebounded.
47% : . On May 1, the Opportunity for All Coalition held a virtual seminar.
45% : The movement against reestablishing affirmative action in the state is also virtual. "
44% : Groups opposed to ACA-5 argue that race-conscious policies favoring other groups take opportunities away from qualified Asian American students.
41% : 209 was promoted as a civil rights initiative," said Weber
37% : The number of Latino students also increased as the population grew statewide.
37% : If the constitution amendment passes and meets all requirements by June 25, voters could once again have a chance to weigh in on a ballot measure in November that decides whether affirmative action is the right answer for California.
36% : As of May 2, more than 22,000 people have signed the petition.
36% : One supporter wrote that "race-based" policies are "unconstitutional" and are not fair to Asians.
35% : The number of Asian students enrolled in the University of California (UC) system increased in the absence of affirmative action.
35% : The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the use of affirmative action in college admissions only to achieve diversity.
35% : ACA-5 is set to be discussed Tuesday May 5 in committee when the state Assembly reopens for sessions this week.
34% : "We can't have shared success without shared opportunities to get ahead," The Opportunity for All statement read.
33% : Does California have a "legacy of unequal treatment" of minorities and women?
33% : One example is the state's efforts to increase the number of Black and Latino teachers to address the achievement gap between Black and Latino students and their white and Asian peers.
32% : "Proposition 209 cost women- and minority-owned businesses $1.1 billion each year," Weber said in a written statement.
32% : Race-neutral programs targeting students from disadvantaged communities have helped to increase enrollment for some minority groups.
29% : Opponents are working to stop the bill in its tracks.
26% : Supporters of ACA-5 say, in the absence of affirmative action, historically excluded groups are denied opportunities for upward mobility.
25% : The same UC Institutional Research and Academic Planning report found an overall decline in diversity.
23% : CDPH numbers show, as of April 30, 2,073 people have died in California from COVID-19.
23% : In the fall of 2019, Black students made up 3.8% of the student body systemwide.
14% : Applicants shut out of UCs are less likely to earn a degree or high wages.
7% : Asian students made up 36% while accounting for about 15% of the state population.
6% : Opponents of the ban argue affirmative action is not preferential treatment.

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