Correcting a Wrong
I was tricked into signing the petition to put it on the ballot. Little did I know what mess I help start. Like all people approached on the streets at public places, I listened to a young man tell me about the proposal. I felt it was my duty to make sure affirmative action laws were not rewritten or changed in any way. They are fine the way they are. But it turned out to be a farce what he had told me.
The way Proposal 2 is set up, I and many others, especially women, will end up on the losing end. Women and other ethnic groups will no longer have a level playing field if this proposal passes. No longer we will be able to look at doors open for us to go to school, hired for jobs, and get appropriate medical services. We will have to face discrimination in housing, goods that are sold, and set back a few decades when it comes to discrimination.
I feel bad because I didn’t follow my usual line of researching something before I sign on for it. I listened to a pitch on the street and gave it the ok. Now it is up to the citizens of Michigan to decide if affirmative action should be as it is or eliminated all together. If it is, take a good look at California and know that you too will be left out in the cold.
If you are not white, rich, or from a family with a lot of heritage, the benefits of affirmative action you have now will cease. Remember how you are constantly told to read the fine print? I failed to do that and now the proposal is on the ballot. Don’t think you need affirmative action laws? Think it is only for minorities? If you are a female, you are a minority. And females will suffer the most.
Females will lose their chance to enter fields of study geared toward men on a level playing field. Women might lose options for medical care like breast and pelvic exams for free. Women will also be reverted back to the discrimination they faced when buying homes and getting jobs decades ago. We cannot let this happen. Stand with me in voting “NO” on Proposal 2.