The Popcorn and Politics Series this week at Colorado State University-Pueblo will highlight Amendment 46, a proposed constitutional amendment on affirmative action initiatives beginning at 1 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the First-Year Center, second floor of the University Library.
Senator Ed Jones, (R-Colorado Springs) will represent the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative (Pro-Amendment 46). The Colorado Civil Rights Initiative is a proposed constitutional amendment that states: The state shall not discriminate against or grant preferential treatment to any group or individual on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public contracting, or public education.
A representative from Opposition Amendment 46 will be present counter arguments to the amendment. LaNeeca Williams, CSU-Pueblo Affirmative Action Officer, also will present a con-Amendment 46 viewpoint relative to the amendment’s affect on higher education.
The necessity for affirmative action has been debated nationally for several years. In 1997, Californians approved Proposition 209, which banned affirmative action in state employment, education, and contracting. The State of Washington followed with a similar measure, Initiative 200, in 1998. In 2000, the Florida Legislature banned the use of race as a factor in college admissions. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered two landmark decisions in cases involving the University of Michigan. In one case, the court upheld the use of race as an admission factor, as long as it is not the sole or primary criterion for the admissions decision. In the other case, justices ruled the school could not award extra points to minority applicants in a formula used to determine eligibility.
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