Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I'm for Affirmative Action, But against Quotas

Hi my friends,
let me take the time to clear something up in regard to the petition drive that I'm participating. As reported yesterday by the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, I was participating in a petition drive yesterday; however, the petition would not ban all Affirmative Action Programs, just the one that discriminate and grant preferential treatment. In the begininng of the petition, it reads, "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." Again, "not discriminate" or "grant preferential treatment to". The petition does not ban Affirmative Action without preferential treatment. Affirmative Action is not just quotas, it's reaching out to women and minorities. For example, if a public contractor want a diverse roster, I don't see anything wrong with the contractor my recruit at the Missouri Black Expo to recruit minorities. I'm opposed to a fixed quotas to hire a certain about of minorities. Now, my opponent is passing out flyers urging you not to sign my petition. I urge you, the educated voter, to take a look at the petition for yourself.

If you wish you may visist the Missouri Civil Right Initiative by clicking on by the link ubove.