View Full Version : California legislature gives Jerry Brown illegal bill to consider race in admissions

10-04-2011, 12:35 AM
Back in the 90s, California passed Prop 209 which did away with affirmative action in college admissions. Now, the Latino caucus has pushed through a bill to consider race and gender in college admissions once again:


Reporting from Sacramento and Los Angeles -- In the next 10 days, Gov. Jerry Brown must decide whether to sign a bill that could put race and gender back into the admissions process at California's public universities 15 years after the state's voters banned affirmative action.

The proposed law would allow the University of California and California State University systems to "consider" applicants' race, gender and household income to diversify student bodies. The author says he crafted it to avoid conflict with Proposition 209, the ballot measure voters passed in 1996 that prohibited preferential treatment of minority groups by the state.

Prop 209 makes this kind of consideration illegal, but the language of the bill has been crafted to "get around" Prop 209. Ward Connerly, appearing on LA radio, explains that the Latino caucus wants to use affirmative action to build a Latino middle class. One pressure group called "By Any Means Necessary" backs the bill:

By Any Means Necessary, a group supporting SB 185, complains that Proposition 209 has had “a continuing devastating impact on minority enrollment,” noting that Latinos, blacks and American Indians last year made up 48 percent of high school graduates but just 21 percent of UC Berkeley’s freshman class.


However, Latinos aren't being kept out by whites, but by Asians:

Class of 2010

This year, the admitted freshman class was 30 percent white, 36 percent Asian American, 26 percent Latino and 4 percent black.

Yet those figures don't reflect the ethnicity of California's high school graduates except for whites, who were 33 percent of the class of 2010. Asian Americans were 10 percent of the class, Latinos 43 percent and blacks 7 percent, according to the state Department of Education.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/01/BA301LBD9Q.DTL#ixzz1ZmPEiwvE

Asians will not do well with this bill, and they are already steaming over a new UC admissions policy to take place starting in 2012:


...The new policy, approved unanimously by the UC Board of Regents in February, will greatly expand the applicant pool, eliminate the requirement that applicants take two SAT subject tests and reduce the number of students guaranteed admission based on grades and test scores alone. It takes effect for the freshman class of fall 2012....

Some Asian-Americans have charged that the university is trying to reduce Asian-American enrollment. Others say that may not be the intent, but it will be the result....

...But Asian-American advocates, parents and lawmakers are angrily calling on the university to rescind the policy, which will apply at all nine of the system's undergraduate campuses....

Every time the UC system tries to tiptoe around Prop 209, the Asians get ticked because they have done extremely well since race was taken out of the equation. If you count only SATs and grades (imagine that!) the Asian students outdo everyone.

This newest bill to consider race in UC admissions without having it officially count--or whatever this damned law is said to mean--will not go unchallenged. Ward Connerly has said there will be an immediate lawsuit if Jerry Brown signs the law.

Add this one to the "Dream Act", in which undocumented foreigners (illegal aliens) can apply for public taxpayer funds to help with school expenses, and you get an interesting problem.

Brown hasn't signed that yet, either, but it would be amazing if he did not.