ACRI’s Ballot Initiative: Nebraska

It seems that Ward Connerly’s Sacramento, California based American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI) wants to target several states for its campaign to end “racial preferences” in state government. The states are: Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

I find it difficult to imagine that non-Whites are receiving “preferences” over Whites. Government action is necessary to guarantee that non-Whites maintain their ability to live with dignity as equal human beings. To see what happens in the absence of government action, see a report from the Brennan Center for Justice.

My goal is to address each state that the ACRI is targeting. The first state I will address is Nebraska.

Nebraska does not appear to have an issue requiring this ballot initiative due to Nebraska’s demographic makeup. According to the 2000 Census fact sheet for Nebraska, Whites constitute an overwhelming majority of state residents.

Race

Percentage of population

Number

White

89.6%

1,533,261

African-American/Black

4.0

68,541

Asian

0.9

14,896

Native American

1.3

21,931

Similarly, the universities in Nebraska have small numbers of non-White students. The same is true for Nebraska societal institutions. For example, there is only one Black legislator in the Nebraska Unicameral. That legislator is Senator Ernie Chambers (I-Omaha).

Thus, the initiative really is a foul demonstration of majority power not necessary. But given the demographic reality, I predict the initiative’s success (should the initiative make it onto the ballot).

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