Equality Is Bad

The California legislature has now voted to strike these words from our state
constitution:

“The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.”

I’m speechless. https://t.co/X09mWlM9sX

I remember how in the Soviet Union we… No, actually. In the USSR it was never this blatant. There was at least some effort to pretend that people aren’t treated like total cattle. Probably because people there weren’t total cattle.

5 thoughts on “Equality Is Bad”

  1. The next logical goal would be striking out any passages supporting the former Californian law from the American constitution. Otherwise, this rot may make a comeback. 🙂

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  2. For some background, the text in question was added to the state constitution in 1996 with the explicit goal of making affirmative action illegal in the state. Since I grew up in California and my family lives there I followed the campaign at the time. The ads were all focused on affirmative action.

    I still think repealing it is probably a bad idea. I notice that Asian groups are already condemning the move, since they will likely be the ones to be discriminated against the most as a result.

    Also, the change isn’t permanent until it survives a ballot initiative. The outcome will be indicative of whether the senate is out of step with the general population or not.

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    1. “they will likely be the ones to be discriminated against”

      That’s the problem with a coalition of minorities (a big part of the democratic strategy for the last few decades). Different groups are likely to have very different collective concerns and agendas… I think Asians (East Asians for sure, not so sure about South Asians) are about to be thrown overboard for not being angry about the right things. I’ve seen the term ‘white adjacent’ used in the last year or so to describe them with the unspoken assumption that white = bad.

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    2. “out of step with the general population or not”

      The thing about equality rights is that they should be completely out of the reach of popular opinion in any functioning liberal democracy. Indeed, that’s the whole point of equality rights – they’re guaranteed and non-negotiable. Identity politics rooted in imagined biological “races,” aka tribalism, is not compatible with democratic norms and institutions.

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