Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Michigan to voters: "Screw you! Discrimination will continue!"

Michigan has been drifting to the left over the last several years. Indeed, in this year's election, Michigan re-elected unpopular Democrat politicians in governor Jennie Granholm and Senator Debbie Stabenow. However, despite the left-of-center leanings of the Michigan electorate, these same voters who were lauded nationally by the left for being smart enough to turn away "failed Republican policies" are now having their will ignored and their intelligence impugned. Observe:
Michigan voters struck a blow for equality this month, when 58% of them approved an amendment to the state constitution banning racial discrimination in public universities and contracting. Almost identical measures have previously passed by similar majorities in California and Washington state. That means the original meaning of the 1964 Civil Rights Act--that racial discrimination of any kind is illegal--has won reaffirmation in three liberal states, none of which have voted for a Republican for president since 1988. Supporters now plan to carry the fight to other states.

From the outraged cries of affirmative action diehards, you would think the dark night of fascism was descending with the passage of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. Mary Sue Coleman is president of the University of Michigan, which has already spent millions of taxpayers' dollars defending its racial preferences in courts. She addressed what Tom Bray of the Detroit News called "a howling mob of hundreds of student and faculty protestors" last week. "Diversity matters at Michigan," she declared. "It matters today, and it will matter tomorrow." Echoes of George Wallace, who in 1963 declared from the steps of Alabama's Capitol: "I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."

Ms. Coleman isn't the only Michigan official to employ Wallace-style rhetoric against MCRI. Detroit's Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick told a fundraiser last April that the measure would usher in an era of racial prejudice. "Bring it on!" he bellowed. "We will affirm to the world that affirmative action will be here today, it will be here tomorrow, and there will be affirmative action in the state forever."

Another leader in Michigan's massive resistance is Karen Moss, the executive director of the state ACLU. "I do think it's necessary for the courts to slow this thing down and . . . interpret some of the language," she told the Washington Post. That "thing" is an amendment that simply states: "The state shall not discriminate against, or grant 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." As the blog Discriminations.us notes, "What part of that language does the ACLU find vague or unclear and in need of "interpretation'?"
The ACLU, mirroring the left's perverted mentality 99.9% of the time, sums up the leftards' viewpoint with that simple statement that the courts need to "slow this thing down." That viewpoint is simple: the electorate cannot be trusted, but unelected judicial activists can be.

Unlike George Wallace, today's race-hustling pimps are not reacting against rulings by unelected judges, but instead are reacting against the will of Michigan voters who pay the salaries of Coleman and Kilpatrick. The same electorate who voted Dem en masse across the state rejected the left's pet discrimination policies by amending the state constitution...and the vote wasn't that close. As Fund points out, "CNN exit poll of 1,955 Michigan voters showed that the measure had widespread appeal across many demographic groups. A majority of both sexes voted for MCRI, as did 40% of self-described liberals and Democrats. Among nonwhite voters, 30% of men and 18% of women voted 'yes.'"

In the warped elitist minds of folks like Coleman and Kilpatrick, the fact that the anti-discrimination demand originated from and was confirmed by the citizenry makes it even more suspect and difficult to swallow.