On minority participation
June 13, 2008 · Updated 4:44 PM
The letter written March 16 by Megan Lee (Criticism of state senator) is everything but the truth. It muddies the water and divides our communities.
She talked about the percentage of Asian participation at the University of Washington; however, she never mentioned the comments of an Asian leader who spoke negatively of John Carsons anti-diversity stand and in support of Senate Bill 5575. I wonder why she wouldnt mention that, of the first 100 casualties in this useless war we are fighting, 20 were black and 18 were Hispanic? Silence is still a lie.
In the Vietnam War, 38 percent were blacks fighting in that war, and in World War II, my only five uncles were all in the combat zone at the same time. Evidently, she thinks this is the only time people of color should be represented is in the combat zone.
In 1859, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that slavery was legal, and two years later the country went to war; 4 million people died.
The court ruled in 2003 that the policy adopted by Michigan is the law of the land, and that race or ethnic origin may be one of several factors to consider in admission to our states universities, but that no quotas or set-asides are allowed. Sports was another part of the Michigan policy of which all of our athletes have contributed, and we all benefitted.
To single out state Sen. Tracey Eide negatively is not only unfair but a blatant lie. I (the labor and industry chairman of the NAACP Alaska/Oregon/Washington conference) and others were the ones who came up with the idea of revisiting I-200 with SB 5575, not Sen. Eide. Another senator sponsored the bill, and many organizations have supported the concept of allowing consideration of diversity in college and university admissions, including state colleges and universities; also, the Japanese American Citizens League. Sen.Eide was supportive of diversity, but she was not the author of the bill.
In fact, SB 5575 is not a radical piece of proposed legislation. It did not remove or change one word of the original I-200, which is disheartening to many of us. I would question whether Ms. Lee read the bill. It does not support discrimination or racism. To the contrary, SB 5575 simply sought to include the exact language of the Supreme Court case that upheld affirmative action at the University of Michigan. Even states like Texas, Florida and several other southern states have conformed to the Michigan/Supreme Court policy. To see two northern states (California and Washington), one that has less than 200,000 blacks opposed to diversity, says something about the morality of such a people. It reminds me of Ezekiel 16:49-50, where God stepped in and he resolved the issue.
Megan Lee owes Sen. Eide an apology for telling that lie on her.
Joe S. Greene Sr.