Ward Connerly’s “Super Tuesday” Initiative in 2008

Ward Connerly (and the people who fund his American Civil Rights Institute) are planning a series of ballot initiatives in several states to end what they call “racial preferences” (affirmative action) to non-White people.

The whole terminology of “racial preferences” is inapt in the United States where Whites hold a 75.1% (or 211,460,626 people) super-majority in the U.S. population according to the 2000 Census. A member of the majority group is the preferred choice, not non-White group members who are not a part of the majority.

The purpose of affirmative action is to give those who would normally be excluded an opportunity to participate and perform. Considering that Blacks are only 12.3% (or 34,658,190 people) of the population in the U.S., there is not a possibility for Blacks to take majority control of the United States or compete one-on-one with Whites. [Note: Hispanic or Latina/Latino are designations for national origin. Members of these groups can be of any race.]

In all of the debates about affirmative action, the actual population numbers in the Census are not discussed. If the population numbers were discussed, they would show clearly that Ward Connerly and his financial supporters are contorting the language of the Civil Rights Act to obstruct those who are not in the majority group.

Therefore, it is not surprising that these ballot initiatives are taking place in states that have relatively small numbers of non-White people: Oklahoma, Missouri, Colorado, and Arizona. Given the demographics of these states, I predict that if the ballot initiatives reach the ballot, they are likely to pass.

Regardless, I believe sunshine is the best disinfectant (paraphrasing former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis). Thus, I will cover this issue for each state Connerly and his backers seek to place a ballot initiative. I will find and analyze the actual language of the ballot initiatives, should Connerly’s group actually get the signatures to propose a ballot initiative (likely).