Thursday, August 31, 2006

Affirmative Action in USA

OpinionJournal - Cross Country :: By Any Means Necessary - A federal judge plays politics in Michigan. BY TERRENCE PELL : "Just a few weeks before the deadline for Proposal 2 to get onto the state ballot, the "Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By Any Means Necessary" (BAMN, loosely) argued that the signature gathering process used to qualify the referendum was tainted by racially targeted fraud. From the beginning, BAMN has claimed the initiative disguised an anti-black and racist agenda. But because many black individuals had signed the petition, BAMN had to show they'd been duped.

So the group launched an "investigation." They systematically called and personally visited blacks who'd signed the petition. In some cities, they had friendly talk show hosts read the names of black signers over the radio. In all cases BAMN's message was the same: How could you, a black person, sign a petition to roll back affirmative action?"

Mr. Pell is the president of the Center for Individual Rights, which represents the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative.

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