Net support (opposition) to California’s Proposition 16 follows. If passed it will allow for racial and sexual characteristics to be used in considerations of public employment, contracts, and education by repealing Proposition 209, a 1996 amendment that prohibited the use of race and sex in government employment and educational placement:
Proposition 209 was modeled on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We are entering an era when that landmark piece of legislation, considered progressive at the time, becomes a major legal bulwark frustrating the contemporary progressive drive to privilege blacks and Hispanics at the expense of whites and Asians. As the latter man the barricades of the CRA, they’d be wise to further expand the protections the law provides to include political orientation while they still have some hope of doing so.
Isonomy is yesterday’s progressivism and tomorrow’s reaction. When lawfare ceases to offer protection to the persecuted, warfare will. We should really try to avoid that, but it doesn’t look like we will.
Parenthetically, the relatively tepid support among women relative to men is unexpected, but I double-checked the data and that’s what they say.