• Bringing Back Racial Quotas in California Assembly Stopped – Strong Opposition from Asian Community Cited


    Lieu, Yee and Liu Reverse Course on Quotas – Said “Not Now”
    SCA-5, a proposed California Constitutional Amendment to reinstate racial quotas in state university and college admissions died today when legislators announced the matter would not be brought up in the California Assembly.
    Former California Republican Party Chairman and candidate for Lt. Governor Ron Nehring said, “SCA-5 is dead for now, thanks to the outstanding efforts of thousands of Californians, especially in our Asian-American communities, against re-introducing racial discrimination at our colleges and universities.  Their efforts backed up Republican legislators who stood for fairness, resulting in the bill being pulled.
    “Ronald Reagan once said, ‘When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat,’ and that’s exactly what happened over the last few weeks as thousands of Californians mobilized to keep admissions fair and based on merit.”
    Racial quotas in California state university and college admissions were banned by Proposition 209, which was upheld by the California and U.S. Supreme Courts.  SCA-5 would have reinstated racial quotas in admissions.  The Asian-American community was particularly opposed to reimposing racial quotas which were widely seen as directed primarly at Asian-American students but also Jewish students.
    Three Asian American state senators – all Democrats — who had previously voted in favor of SCA-5 to restore racial quotas asked its author, Sen. Ed Hernandez, also a Democrat, to withdraw the bill for the time being.  In a letter to Hernandez, the three asked him to postpone the bill pending further discussions.  No promises were made to stop efforts to reinstate racial quotas, however.   Assembly Speaker John Perez announced the withdrawal today.  Lieu represents the the 26th District, which includes Beverly Hills.  Yee represents San Francisco.  Liu represents the 25th District, which includes San Marino, La Canada Flintridge and South Pasadena.

    The reversal by the three Asian-American Democrat senators followed rallies and protests against the measure throughout the California Asian-American community.  Republicans opposed the bill from the beginning but lacked enough Republican members to stop it.  Democrats currently control both houses of the California legislature.

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