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Perfect Storm for Equality

Editor's Note June 29, 2007:  Since the original publication of this article -- and it is a very good article -- the Super Tuesday for Equality campaign has officially announced four states which are targeted for "race blind" ballot initiatives in November 2008. 

          Additionally, on June 29, 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a death blow to the use of race in assigning K-12 students to schools -- often many miles away -- in order to achieve the dubious goal of "racial balance".  This Supreme Court decision helps seal the fate of racial preferences and quotas, and Ward Connerly declared the decision as a "glorious victory" for raceblind equal treatment.  This Supreme Court decision can only help the Super Tuesday for Equality Campaign in November 2008.

         Read and enjoy the article below because it contains a great deal of useful philosophy, and also be sure to visit all the links for Arizona, Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma.

  -- Tim Fay, Editor

2008 Super Tuesday for Equality

The 2008 Super Tuesday for Equality Campaign Will End Racial Preferences for Good!

          Ward Connerly, the godfather of successful anti-quota voter initiatives in California, Washington State, and Michigan made a speech at the Heritage Foundation on March 2 regarding his plans to achieve a ban on racial preferences across the land in 2008.

          Connerly spoke about his concept of a "2008 Super Tuesday for Equality".

          According to Connerly's plan, during the general elections in November 2008 he hopes to have ballot initiatives banning racial preferences and quotas on the ballot in up to five states.

          Most recently the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative passed by a solid majority of 58% Michigan voters.

Ward Connerly
Ward Connerly
Jennifer Gratz
Jennifer Gratz
          On the ground in Michigan, Jennifer Gratz led the state effort and she is again joining forces with Connerly for Super Tuesday 2008.  (Gratz was the named plaintiff in Gratz v. Bollinger, the infamous 2003 Supreme Court case regarding the University of Michigan's undergraduate school's use of racial quotas.)

          Keep in mind that Michigan is among the bluest of states.  Democrats there outnumber Republicans by a huge margin.

          Just about everyone in Michigan, including (metaphorically speaking) Father Flannagan, Boys' Town, and almost all Michigan Republicans, not to mention General Motors and many other major corporations, spent LOTS of money to oppose Connerly's and Gratz's initiative to ban quotas and preferences.   Michigan supporters of racial quotas outspent Connerly and Gratz's Michigan Civil Rights Initiative by something like 3 to 1.

          But on election day 2006 Michigan's voters did what voters do, and they ended racial preferences in Michigan by a wide margin:   58% to 42% in spite of the extremely well-funded opposition. Click this image for SuperTuesday's
NO Racial Preferences for Immigrants
position on immigration and racial quotas
See Also:
Official Super Tuesday for Equal Rights Web Site
Official Web Site!
          During his March 2, 2007 speech at Heritage, Connerly declined to identify any specific state which is to be targeted in November 2008, but he did list the nine states which he thinks are prime candidates for an anti-preference ballot initiative, and from which the five "Super Tuesday" states will be selected:  Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah.

          Connerly also stated that the final list of up to five targeted states would be selected from this group by April 2007.   During his Heritage speech Connerly did indicate that Colorado and Oklahoma seemed to be on his "short list" for targeted states in 2008.

          Connerly also indicated that the overwhelming success of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative in November 2006 could make future efforts to ban racial preferences in other states "a lot easier".   Connerly hinted that even "racially sensitive" Republicans in the targeted Super Tuesday states might be willing to publicly support a ban against racial quotas and preferences.
BLOG about this story at RaceBlind.Org!

The Perfect Storm for Equality is Forming!

          The movie "The Perfect Storm" dramatized the October 1991 storm that hit the coast off of Gloucester, Massachusetts.  It was called "The Perfect Storm" because several meteorological events coincided to create "three storms combined into one" resulting in an almost apocalyptic situation.

          Metaphorically speaking, Super Tuesday for Equality 2008 is likely to be the perfect storm against racial quotas and preferences.  The forces which are fulminating toward the creation of this perfect storm include the following:

  • All of the three previous, successful state ballot initiatives against racial preferences have taken place in the bluest of states:  California, Washington State, and Michigan.  This indicates that Democrat voters as well as Republican voters are very tired of racial preferences.  If the past is prelude, then there is every reason to believe that in 2008 the voters in the targeted states will again vote decisively against racial preferences.

  • Almost all of the anti-preference voters in those three extremely blue states were employed in one way or the other by corporations and institutions who vociferously opposed the anti preference initiatives.   It is more than likely that in 2008 employees in the targeted states will once again break with their employers on this issue.

  • Employers who favor forced diversity and racial preferences will continue to be faced with an increasing number of successful lawsuits by non-preferred groups who object to losing jobs, promotions and contracts to less-qualified groups who happen to be the right, or preferred, skin color.  Reverse discrimination lawsuits by non-preferred groups (nominally white, but also including Asians and Hispanics) are currently won every week.   That rate will increase as Super Tuesday 2008 approaches.

  • Sooner or later, and probably sooner, an "Anti-Jesse Jackson Wall Street Project" will be born.   This might take the form of a socially-aware investment fund the sole purpose of which will be to oppose corporate use of racial preferences and to "buy a seat at the table" of Fortune 500 companies who support this form of discrimination.  Boards of directors will be flooded with demands that the firms start treating all employees equally, according to ability, regardless of skin color.

  • Employees of racially preferential corporations and institutions will increasingly demand equal treatment, will increase their filing of lawsuits for reverse discrimination, and through their sheer numbers will cause their employers to question the wisdom of preferring and promoting certain skin colors.  The "human capital" upon which these employers depend will become the corporations' opponents on this issue.  Kind of a Trojan Horse thing.

  • It could even come to pass that stock prices of the pro-preference corporations will plunge every time a member of a non-preferred group wins a reverse discrimination lawsuit against them.  Highly qualified employees of all colors will seek employment with organizations who value merit and achievement above skin color.  Productivity within pro-preference, pro-quota corporations will continue to plummet.

  • Initially the cheerleaders for preferences (such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company, major universities, and virtually all government employers) will attack the Super Tuesday campaign, as they have always done (with very little success) in the past.  But as public support for banning preferences mounts, as legal costs for defending quota policies mount, as publicity against racial quotas mounts, and as the affected employees become more vocal in their demands for equal treatment, employers will quietly drop their public opposition.

          Thus in November 2008 voters will effectively end racial preferences across the land.  On election day 2008 five more states will have banned racial preferences.  This will make it much more difficult for the feds or for any government or private entity to support the use of skin color as a means of granting privileges and opportunities.

          In the muddled June 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing some subtle racial quotas at the University of Michigan, then Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote "We expect that 25 years from now the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today."

          Super Tuesday 2008 will shorten that 25 years to a mere 5 years, Justice O'Connor!  And the end date is November 2008.

BLOG about this story at RaceBlind.Org!

-- Tim Fay
-- Adversity.Net, Inc.


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Official Web Site!

          The Super Tuesday for Equality Campaign has a proposal for immigration reform:  No Racial Preferences for new immigrants since they have no claim to "historic discrimination in the U.S." Click this image for SuperTuesday's
NO Racial Preferences for Immigrants
position on immigration and racial quotas

BLOG about the Super Tuesday for Equality campaign at RaceBlind.Org

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