Friends, my last article was about reverse racism -- which I like to call "racism" -- in California, and I've been inspired to write another! That's because the University of California system recently announced that no Native Americans will be charged for tuition and fees. Well, gee -- I can't imagine why anyone would have a problem with that... Oh, wait: it's WRONG, it's ILLEGAL, and the people of California have made it clear they want no part of race preferences. And those are the points I make in my latest article. California is a cautionary tale, people, because -- trust me -- these same racist policies are coming soon to an area near you. That's if they haven't already done so.
California's Comprehensive New System of Racial Discrimination: Jimenez Crow?
“The future happens first” in California, it's long been said, and, as it tries to actualize that axiom, the Golden State has been laboring mightily of late to pioneer new ways to discriminate in favor of protected classes like women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people in the LGBT community. Granted, all such discrimination is illegal and unconstitutional in California and nationally, but that's never stopped the state's Democratic overlords before, and it isn't going to stop them now.
It's official, therefore: in our nation's most populous state, discrimination is back in fashion!
Anyone who pays attention to the news knows all about this. California's legislature has created a web of new laws designed to uplift the marginalized and punish the privileged. Recently, a Los Angeles County court struck down the state's historic corporate diversity law, which created quotas for the representation of racial minorities and members of the LGBT community on corporate boards. Where the legislature failed in its bid to institutionalize “Jimenez Crow”, however, the state-supported University of California is stepping up to the plate.
On April 22nd, the president of the prestigious University of California system announced a program to cover all costs, including tuition and fees, for Native Americans who matriculate. Why would this blatant display of racism be allowed, when so many others have been slapped down by the courts? The UC system is hoping that aid which is provided to students from federally-recognized tribes (and possibly state-recognized tribes as well) will not technically be considered racial or ethnic discrimination. Good luck with that!
It will be a hard case to make, since the UC president's own announcement of the program made it clear that racial and ethnic grievances are at its heart: “The University of California is committed to recognizing and acknowledging historical wrongs endured by Native Americans. I am proud of the efforts the University has made to support the Native American community...”
Likewise, the “Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria”, which is funding part of the scholarship program, asserts that “In the spirit of our ancestors we are driven to take care of our environment and our people”. And who are “our people”? Anyone who is Native American, of course! Do you suppose a scholarship program established on such a basis could be described as “race-neutral”? Hardly!
Hopefully, California and federal courts will do their jobs and remind California's leaders once again that every American has a moral and legal right to be judged based on his or her individual merits. Are many potential Native American students in the UC system deserving of aid, based on academic merit or financial need? No doubt they are. Then let them apply for such aid and be granted or refused it according to the same fair, unbiased, and universal standards that apply, or should apply, to everyone else. That, after all, is the American way.
It's also, for the record, what the people of California want. In 2020, they voted overwhelmingly against Proposition 16, which would have legalized race preferences.
But is California's woke elite listening? Please! Do they ever?
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Alfred and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com. He appears on the Newsmaker Show on WLEA 1480/106.9.
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In other news, you may have heard that the U.S economy shrank by 1.4% in the first quarter. Now, two consecutive quarters of negative growth equals a...recession. Could we be on the cusp of one? Whether we meet the textbook definition really isn't the issue, of course. If Americans feel as though the economic climate is bleak -- which, naturally, in some ways it is -- then the Democrats will have to pay the political penalty. Tough luck, geniuses.
Lastly, the Russia-Ukraine war grinds on. Russia appears to be targeting Ukraine's transportation infrastructure, which only makes sense, because it sure looks like a massive quantity of Western arms are in the pipeline, and I'm sure Russia would love to make the delivery of said arms to the front impossible. Another key question: is Ukraine training lots of new recruits who could be fed into the meatgrinder? Is Russia? Right now, as I understand it, less than 200,000 men are fighting it out in Donbas. Clearly, Ukraine and Russia are capable of fielding MUCH bigger armies. Will they? The logic of escalation would suggest that it's just a matter of time...