"Affirmative action era is over, longtime foe says"
laycockd at umich.edu
Mon Nov 27 10:50:58 PST 2006
I think part of the answer is that it takes a lot of money to hire
people to gather signatures. He seems to have it, or have access to
it, and be willing to spend it.
A lot of conservative money is unavailable for these campaigns,
because people running substantial businesses are worried about where
they will find enough minority managerial employees to help the
company respond effectively to minority customers and minority
employees. This is narrowly focused ideological money, and there may
not be so much of that.
Quoting Richard Friedman <rdfrdman at umich.edu>:
> I understand why Ward Connerly is a big asset to this movement, but
> can someone explain why he seems to be so crucial? It seems to
> that in each state there must be plenty of people who would like to
> see similar measures adopted and who have sufficient organizational
> and political skills to get the ball rolling. Frankly -- as one
> voted in favor of the policy upheld in Grutter and opposed the
> Michigan amendment -- I'm surprised that there isn't momentum to
> follow the same path in 47 states.
> Rich Friedman
> At 04:33 PM 11/26/2006, Rick Duncan wrote:
>> From today's
Times. Here is an
>> As Ward Connerly sees it, the demise of affirmative action in
>> America is fast approaching.
>> Buoyed by the victory this month of the Michigan ballot measure
>> banning racial preferences in public education and hiring, the
>> former University of California regent is ready to take his
>> to the rest of the nation.
>> Connerly talks enthusiastically of an "anti-affirmative action
>> washing over America" that will wipe out the race-based
>> used for decades to help African Americans, Latinos and other
>> disadvantaged ethnic groups.
>> "I think the end is at hand for affirmative action as we know it,"
>> For his next target, the conservative activist is considering
>> sponsoring a ballot measure in one or more states, including
>> Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Missouri or South Dakota. "We don't have to
>> go to every state if we can get a critical mass of seven or eight
>> states," he says.
>> I hope he adds Nebraska to the list.
>> Cheers, Rick Duncan
>> Rick Duncan
>> Welpton Professor of Law
>> University of Nebraska College of Law
>> Lincoln, NE 68583-0902
>> "It's a funny thing about us human beings: not many of us doubt
>> God's existence and then start sinning. Most of us sin and then
>> start doubting His existence." --J. Budziszewski (The Revenge of
>> "Once again the ancient maxim is vindicated, that the perversion
>> the best is the worst." -- Id.
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