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What did remain in the bill after the final amendment in May, however, is even more revealing. Despite the fact that the ethnic and gender quotas are ostensibly voluntary, the legislation requires the trustees of the California State University and requests the Regents of the University of California, and the California State University, to give written reports “to the Legislature and the Governor by November 1, 2012, on the implementation of the bill.” In addition, the bill would “require these reports to include information relative to the number of students admitted, disaggregated by race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, geographic origin, and household income, and compared to the prior 2 years of admissions” (italics mine).
In other words, even if certain colleges decline to use such factors in the admissions process, they still have to produce reports measuring the increased level of diversity — or lack thereof — on their campuses, over a three year span. Such pressure to conform is about as subtle as a jackhammer.
Yet the most inconvenient reality of all is the fact that SB 185 seeks to overturn Proposition 209, aka the California Civil Rights Initiative. That legislation, passed in 1996 with a 54.5 percent majority vote, amended the California State constitution as follows: “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.” It was blocked almost immediately by Chief U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, who, in a burst of Orwellian logic, contended that the elimination of preferences for minorities and women would cause ”an immediate possibility of irreparable harm” if those preferences were eliminated. Fortunately, Prop 209 was upheld by the California State Supreme Court in 2000.
Yet Democrats are once again attempting to undo the will of the people, because it clashes with their progressive sensibilities.
And Berkeley Campus Republicans, using in-your-face satire, are more than happy to point it out. “Gov. Jerry Brown has SB 185 on his desk which would authorize California public universities to consider race, gender, ethnicity, and national/geographic origin in the admissions process. The Berkeley College Republicans firmly believe measuring any admit’s merit based on race is intrinsically racist. Our bake sale will be at the same time and location of a phone bank which will be making calls to urge Gov. Brown to sign the bill. The purpose of the event is to offer another view to this policy of considering race in university admissions,” they wrote in their second Facebook posting.
Lewis said having the sale at the same time as the phone bank activity was done in part because the ASUC makes it seem like students at Berkeley “have one voice,” and that the BCR is ”a bunch of white kids,” even though it is “an extremely diverse group whose board of directors–which made the decision to hold the bake sale–consists of members of all racial backgrounds.”
Thus, Tuesday promises to be an eventful day at a campus renowned for its far leftist orthodoxy. And despite all the efforts of some Berkeley students, and too many California state Democrats, to pretend that a merit-based society and racial/gender bean-counting can somehow co-exist, a simple bake sale reveals the bankruptcy of such ideology.
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