Democrats: "There are too many Asians."
- A racist Socialistic Democrat bill to reduce the number of Asian-American college students is pulled after a wave of protests from Asian American parents.
- As always Leftist Democrats are frightened to death of an individual succeeding on his merits. To Socialists only Big Brother Government should decide how many members of each racial group will be allowed to become educated.
A bill that would have let California voters reconsider the state's 16-year-old ban on race-conscious college admissions is off the table, its author announced on Monday.
A Change.org petition to stop the referendum had more than 112,000 signatures on Monday reports the San Jose Mercury News.
After an about-face by three Asian-American senators who voted for the bill in January, Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, is putting the bill on hold -- and making no promises about its revival.
"I'd like to bring it back," Hernandez said. "I believe in it. I believe we need to make sure there's equal opportunity for everyone in the state of California."
TRANSLATION: Democrats want to reduce the number of Asian Americans going to college in order to make room for more other groups.
Last week, saying they had received thousands of calls and emails from constituents, Senators Leland Yee, D-San Francisco; Ted Lieu, D-Torrance; and Carol Liu, D-La Cañada/Flintridge asked Assembly Speaker John Perez to stop the bill from advancing any further.
"As lifelong advocates for the Asian-American and other communities, we would never support a policy that we believed would negatively impact our children," they wrote in a letter to Perez.
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Leftist Loon Democrat Senator Ed Hernandez (left) wants less opportunity
for Asian Americans and to give college positions held by them to
other groups out of "fairness".
In 1996, California became the first state to outlaw affirmative action in public university admissions and state hiring, a policy that took effect in 1998. The amendment would have allowed voters to lift that ban, either this fall or in 2016.
Hernandez and others have said that misinformation about what affirmative action would mean -- such as racial quotas for new freshmen -- spread quickly, stoking parents' fears about their children's chances getting into UC, the state's public research university system.
Asian-Americans make up about 38 percent of UC undergraduates and have a high rate of freshman admission to its nine undergraduate campuses.
Republicans have tried to seize on the divide. The top GOP leaders of both chambers spoke at "Stop SCA 5" forum Sunday in Cupertino, sponsored by the San Francisco-based Chinese-American Institute for Empowerment.
Now that the Democrats have backed away from the bill, "I don't know that it's going to change the way that Asian-Americans feel about the two political parties," said Melissa Michelson, who teaches California politics and political science at Menlo College in Atherton.
But, Michelson said, the rise and fall of Constitutional Amendment 5 revealed the growing political power of the state's Asian-American voters -- and she doesn't expect state lawmakers to bring the bill back.
"I don't think they're going to," she said, "because what they found is trying to undo the ban on affirmative action makes bad things happen."