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July 2, 1996
Gail Heriot (letter, June 21) states, "CCRI will not prohibit affirmative action in the original sense of those words." The California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) will eliminate all voluntary affirmative action programs in the public sector for the state of California, including every local government. The CCRI is a constitutional amendment. It would ban all race- or gender-based corrective action, no matter what pattern of exclusion had previously existed in a given situation. CCRI would end all training, outreach, mentoring and recruitment programs that focus on minorities and women, even when there is an absence of them in the work force.
December 21, 1997
J. Eugene Grigsby's column "Electronics Data Add Up for Affirmative Action" [Times Board of Advisors, Dec. 14] demonstrated that while better educated, better qualified African Americans do find work in the electronics field, they are passed over for entry level jobs which primarily go to immigrants. He feels that this confirms the need for affirmative action in hiring. In fact it confirms the need for stopping the flow of immigrants competing with our own people for entry level jobs.
December 10, 2000
The letter of Dec. 3 pertaining to the racist remark (Letters to the Valley Edition) illustrates why one can believe in affirmative action and be against racial profiling without being a hypocrite. These people have been maligned by this country for over 200 years and although there are civil rights laws now on the books, African Americans still do not have an equal footing. And until they do, this special class of citizen deserves special treatment and consideration. As long as there are people who can "logically" believe in racial profiling and be against affirmative action, we can logically oppose both of their positions.
February 27, 1995
Re "Affirmative Action: Fairness or Favoritism?," series, Feb. 19-21: With all the discussion on affirmative action it seems apparent that those people who favor its elimination possess a short memory, are unaware of this country's history regarding civil rights (not minority rights), or are just plain bigots. Strictly from an African-American perspective: We didn't choose to come here, we were enslaved. We didn't classify ourselves as chattel (three-quarters human). You did. We didn't choose to stop speaking our language our worshiping God in our way. You forbade us. We didn't sell ourselves away from our families (remember family values?
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