Dear Fellow Patriot,
Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA 5) deserves unreserved opposition as it amounts to state-sponsored discrimination.
There have always been people in society who have discriminated against their neighbors. Indeed, there have even been chapters in the history of our state and nation during which the government itself participated in discrimination against some of our fellow citizens.
During World War II, the detainment of Japanese-American citizens marked a low point in the history of our civil rights when the federal government used police powers to detain people because they were deemed to pose a threat merely be being of a particular race.
Fortunately, today our State Constitution bears a strong prohibition against discrimination, reading:
“The State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or nation origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”
However, SCA 5 would remove the portion of Section 31, which prohibits discrimination in the area of public education. By doing this, California would weaken the laws against discrimination that protect Californians today.
This bill will allow gender, race, and ethnicity (rather than merit) to determine whether a student is admitted to college. That’s just un-American. If you have worked hard, and applied yourself, and earned a spot, you should not be denied your dream so that state lawmakers can trade away your spot in college for votes as part of a political scheme.
Discrimination is the complete opposite of who we are as a state and as a nation. The students you are trying to help would be far better served if California offered them the choice of which school best suits their needs rather than allowing than their zip codes to determine their future.
In order to protect our and future generations from the threat of “legal” discrimination, I strongly urge all Californians stand in opposition to SCA 5.
Below, you will find the letter I authored to Senator Ed Hernandez, the author of SCA 5.