October 31, 2008

Chavez: States should end racial double standard

All fair-minded Americans understand that race should not be a factor in choosing our next president.

So why should race continue to play a role in deciding who gets into college or receives a government contract or is hired or promoted in a government job? It makes no sense to argue that we're supposed to be colorblind in the polling booth but color-conscious in so many other areas.

On Election Day, voters in Colorado and Nebraska will have the opportunity to end this racial double standard by approving amendments to their state constitutions that will outlaw racial preferences in state education, contracting and employment. Polls suggest that these ballot initiatives will pass easily. It's about time.


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