Ward Connerly coming Thursday to discuss racial preferences

Ward Connerly, famous for getting ballot initiatives passed in several states banning racial preferences (aka government mandated affirmative action, or quotas), will be speaking at a breakfast at the Goldwater Institute this Thursday morning. The Goldwater Institute will be giving Sonoran Alliance readers an exclusive discount, just mention Sonoran Alliance and pay only $35 instead of $50. Connerly is behind an effort getting racial preference bans on the ballot in several states this fall including Arizona, called the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative. Opponents have formed a deceptively named group to fight it, “Protect Arizona’s Freedom,” which was immediately correctly renamed to “Protect Arizona’s Freedom to Discriminate in Government.” This is going to be one of the most closely watched ballot initiatives in the country this year, you’ll want to check out this breakfast and meet Connerly, who stands up to the special interests and takes a lot of heat from left wing minorities for taking a stand as an African-American who believes in true civil rights for all.


Comments

  1. kralmajales says

    Hell I think colleges should just be able to choose whomever they want. These days, that would bring a LOT of diversity.

    I also think that whatever affirmative action was, it should now be based on economic diversity. It would achieve the same ends (diversity of race) and would also recognize that some children without color also grow up in poverty, come from entirely different experiences and backgrounds, and who need access to education also.

    I will say that I used to abhor affirmative action, until I realized that there still was a lot of discrimination and until I realized that, in education more than anything, having a diverse class is so very valuable.

    I grew up in a very white region of the country. The few African-Americans in my high school were “well liked” but picked on over and over because of their race. I didn’t come much into contact with Latinos. When I went to college in the Midwest…same thing…although less picking on the few African-Americans. Finally, in graduate school I experienced a classroom that was very very diverse…Asian, African-American, Latino and white. The differences in viewpoint, experience, and culture were enlightening to say the least.

    I have heard Ward Connolly before. He doesn’t appreciate this…if he did…he would paint affirmative action in such stark and political terms…and in a way that frankly puts people at odds with each other.

  2. kralmajales says

    sorry in the last paragraph…”he WOULDNT paint…”

    Oh…and Happy Super Duper Duper Califragilistic Tuesday!

  3. Well Happy Super Duper Duper Califragilistic Tuesday to you too Kral!

  4. kralmajales says

    Thanks Lynn!!!! Voted yet?

  5. Yes early mail in. You?

  6. kralmajales says

    Yep…my man didn’t win, but lives to fight another day.

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