CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?
February 13, 1995 |
Republicans are salivating and Democrats are shuddering at the prospect of a 1996 ballot brawl over affirmative action. It probably would generate a high voter turnout among white men, who tend to support GOP candidates. But cool heads are working behind the scenes to stave off the fight. In the end, partisan politics may well drive this racially divisive issue onto the November ballot, giving Republicans a hot issue and chasing Democrats for cover, including President Clinton.