There have always been people in society who have discriminated against their neighbors. There have even been chapters in the history of our state and nation during which the government itself participated in discrimination against 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.
Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA 5) would have removed the portion of Section 31, which prohibits discrimination in the area of public education. By doing this, California would have weakened the laws against discrimination that protect Californians today.This bill would have allowed gender, race, and ethnicity (rather than merit) to determine whether a student is admitted to college.
Fortunately, today our California 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.”
And also fortunately for California,the Republican front-runner for Governor Tim Donnelly has been fighting in the California Assembly against this government encouraged discrimination. As governor, he will ensure all Californians get a fair shake. He will preserve our education system without promoting discrimination.
Here is Assemblyman Donnelly’s press release about the defeat of SCA5:
Waking the sleeping dragon
In a time where the public feels like hope is lost, their voice is not heard and their votes not counted, we have proven that indeed, democracy can work if the people stand up and make their voices known.
Today, we have seen the power of rallying together to make a better California for all of us, regardless of race.
The Asian Exclusion Act
I have been embarrassed and infuriated by our very own state governments attempt at state sponsored racism with SCA 5, – the Asian exclusion act. As a state assemblyman and the front running candidate for governor, I have felt it my duty to lead by example and fight this. I have worked with and championed every community that finds this offensive, to unite with the asian community against this anti American bill.This just shows the power of all of us organizing around a single issue. Together we have fought the good fight, and stood our ground. We will not tolerate such discrimination against any person, any race, any color or any creed in education or any other issue.Today, SCA 5 has been shelved by the California Assembly.My deepest gratitude to those communities for giving everyone of this state something to believe in, your voice can be heard, your vote will be counted. With your help, we are taking back our Golden State.
California State Assemblyman