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Protest for Affirmative Action (english)
01 Apr 2003
Modified: 02 Apr 2003
Protest for Affirmative Action held in D.C.
Protest for Affirmative Action held in D.C.
Buried in all the war coverage is this protest against the destruction of affirmative action. Radical folx may think it's "reformist" but it's important reform that is being eroded. White people have enjoyed preferential treatment / affirmative action in a huge way for centuries in this country. Now the hard-won program to counteract that white affirmative action in even the smallest way is likely to be eroded by the Bush government. It's racist and unjust.

Affirmative Action Backers Gather in D.C.
Tue Apr 1,10:44 AM ET

By DEE-ANN DURBIN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Anthony Watson slept outside the Supreme Court all night so he might be able to hear the arguments that could change the affirmative action policies that have helped him get into college.

"I'm a direct beneficiary of affirmative action. To let something like this go by would be unacceptable," said Watson, a sophomore from historically black Howard University in Washington.

Watson, of Minneapolis, was one of thousands of affirmative action supporters crowded around the Supreme Court building Tuesday as the court heard arguments challenging the University of Michigan's admissions policies.

Police estimated there were between 5,000 and 7,000 people.

"There are more blacks in prison than in college," the Rev. Jesse Jackson shouted to the crowd, many chanting and waving signs. "Young people, fight back."

The court was hearing arguments asking how and whether race can be a factor when public colleges and universities choose their students. The court's ruling could effectively end any state-sponsored affirmative action, or it could rewrite the rules for when race may be a factor in government decisions.

The largely young, mixed-race crowd carried signs from as far away as California, Ohio and Michigan.

"I'm white and I got in. Stop whining," said one sign.

There was no visible presence of affirmative action opponents.

"Without question, to me this is the equivalent of the 1960s," said Watson, who hoped to get a seat in the courtroom. Visitors were being escorted in a few at a time.

Anne Fullerton, a 1980 graduate of Michigan who is now a librarian in Arlington, Va., held a manila folder on which she scrawled "UM Alumna for Diversity."

"I think it's important to show solidarity with these folks. We still need affirmative action in terms of recognizing the fact that schools are not equal for people. Not everyone has had the same access and privilege.
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Affirmative Action for EVERYONE (english)
02 Apr 2003
Why any intelligent and informed person would want to waste time and resources in so-called "universities" is beyond my comprehension - now that I've made the mistake of allowing schooling to interfere with my education during a quarter-century of my life.

Equal rights and equal responsibilities - regardless of superficialities - is genuine justice. A means of achieving this is with Time-Energy Accounting:
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