December 10, 2007

Ending Preferences

Here in a few minutes the Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative will turn in 22 boxes of petitions to the Secretary of State in an effort to amend the state constitution by ending the use of race and gender preferences in public employment, public education, and public contracting.

"Oklahoma voters finally have the opportunity to end the use of race and gender in public employment, public education, and public contracting," says proponent W. Devin Resides. "Our state should never judge anyone based on the color of their skin. ... The language of the ballot initiative mirrors the 1964 Civil Rights Act and will be a major step toward a colorblind government. Oklahomans believe in the fundamental American idea that all people should be treated equally regardless of skin color."

Here's hoping the state Supreme Court will certify the petitions and that no one will be handcuffed for daring to petition the government.