Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 54211
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
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2011/11/4-30 [Politics/Domestic] UID:54211 Activity:nil
11/4    I am touring my Nephew around campus on Monday, is there some things
        that he should not miss? He is a Conservative, does anyone know how
        to hook up with the campus Republicans or any group like that? Any
        fraternity members willing to give him a house tour? -ausman
        \_ socially or fiscally conservative? there's a huge difference.
        \_ Wrong campus.
           Anyway, googling yields
           \_ The wrong campus would be someplace like UCSC, but yeah given
              Berkeley's reputation, he was worried that he might be the
              only one. I remember a very vocal and activist Conservative,
              albeit smallish, presence from my time, I can't imagine that
              only one. I remember a very vocal and activ, albeit outnumbered
              only one. I remember a very vocal and active, albeit outnumbered
              Conservative presence from my time, I can't imagine that
              this has changed much. -a
        \_ BCR members used to frequently sit at a table in Sproul.
        \_ Take him to the OWS camp in Downtown Oakland.
        \_ there's plenty of conservative business douchebags at haas.
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Ward Connerly, the chief proponent of Proposition 209, which prohibited preferential hiring and university admissions on the basis of race and gender in the state of California, wrote the following column in Flash Report in support of the BCR Increase Diversity Bake Sale Event. BCR thanks Mr Connerly for his support and for his dedication to ending all forms of discrimination in California. It was on March 6, 1961, at the height of America's "civil rights movement," that President John F Kennedy issued Executive Order 10925. This document included a provision which required all federal contractors to take "affirmative action" to ensure that all applicants and employees would be treated equally "without regard to race, creed, color or national origin." President Kennedy also set forth a national vision of "colorblindness" when he said, "race has no place in American life or law." That vision became law upon the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which sought to carry out Kennedy's vision of nondiscrimination and equal treatment of all Americans. Responding to demands of civil rights advocates, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, President Lyndon B Johnson took the nation in a decidedly different direction when he issued Executive Order 11246. This executive order repealed that of Kennedy and included sex in the list of affected attributes. Johnson's order went further, however, because it abandoned the policy on nondiscrimination and, instead, required that goals and timetables be used for the achievement of the goals established. Since that time, the Federal government, states and local governments all across the nation perfected their policies of discrimination in the name of "affirmative action." To my amazement, the courts have consistently concurred with this departure from the principle of equal treatment for all Americans, which is a foundational principle for our nation. In 1996, the people of California decided to return to this principle when they approved Proposition 209, a measure that read: "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 in the operation of public education, public employment or public contracting." From the moment of its passage, there have been countless attempts to circumvent it, none more blatant than the abuse of power by the California Legislative Latino Caucus. On three separate occasions, a member of this caucus has introduced legislation to require or "authorize" the University of California and the California State University campuses to "consider" race, sex and ethnicity in their admissions processes. 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To price baked goods on the basis of skin color and ethnic background is inherently racist, but so is admitting students on the same basis. Shawn Lewis, president of the BCRs said it well when he told CNN that "the purpose of the pricing structure is to cause people to disagree with this kind of preferential treatment. We want people to say no race is above another race, or no race is below another one. I was so impressed by the courage of the BCRs that I accepted their invitation and joined them at the sale, which was a huge success - they sold 300 cupcakes and cookies. More important, they triggered a profoundly vigorous discussion on campus about the issue of race preferences. As I sat at their table, dozens of students approached and we civilly presented our respective views. It was heartening to me to discover that the overwhelming number of students was open-minded and, I believe, most were supportive of the BCR message of equal treatment for all. 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