December 15, 2005

Michigan having trouble allowing people to vote on Affirmative Action

by @ 1:04 am. Filed under Nuts on Parade

The effort in Michigan to do away with the unfair practice of Affirmative Action has hit a snag. And some not so peaceful protesters too!

Elections board fails to put affirmative action issue on ballot

A state elections board ended a rowdy and controversial meeting Wednesday by failing to comply with a court order to put a proposal to ban some affirmative action programs in Michigan on the November 2006 ballot.

The four-member Board of State Canvassers deadlocked, with Republicans Katherine DeGrow and Lyn Bankes voting to put the measure before voters. Democrat Paul Mitchell voted against the measure and Democrat Doyle O’Connor did not vote.

The canvassers voted after a nearly two-hour recess caused by a student protest led by adult organizers. Students chanted “No voter fraud” and “They say Jim Crow, we say hell no” to drown out canvassers when they first attempted to vote, knocking down an empty table where witnesses had testified earlier. A 17-year-old woman connected with the protest group was arrested for disorderly conduct outside the building where the canvassers were meeting, Lansing police said.

The state is under court order to put the question on the ballot, but some still refuse to allow it. This may result in other legal action, to ensure it does go on the November ballot.

The not so peaceful protesters take pride in their efforts to disrupt a meeting of election officials.

“I think they felt the emotion here and we made a difference,” said Stasia Brown, 16, one of the more than 200 student protesters from the Detroit area at Wednesday’s meeting.

The Detroit-area students were brought to Wednesday’s meeting with The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary. Only a few dozen of the students returned to the canvassers meeting when it resumed in the afternoon.

If they want to “Fight for Equality”, then they should be against the mandated use of racial and gender preferences.

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Condoleezza Rice?s position on Affirmative Action. Conservatives need not worry.

2 Responses to “Michigan having trouble allowing people to vote on Affirmative Action”

  1. Independent Conservative Says:

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  2. Independent Conservative Says:

    Michigan has an Opportunity to End Government Endorsed Racial Preferences

    La Shawn Barber reports:

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