Asians rally against SCA 5, call it revival of Affirmative Action
Asians in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond joined forces Friday to rally against a proposed Senate constitutional amendment that they said would punish their children for working hard to achieve the American Dream.
Olivia Liao, president of the Joint Chinese University Alumni Association, said Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 5 is racist because it allows public education institutions to give preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.
â€œ(Legislators) feel like the Chinese-American community isnâ€™t paying attention to politics,â€ Liao said. â€œWe are concerned citizens. We need to stand up when things are not right; we need to be heard. We shouldnâ€™t have any (exceptions) related to race. After all, America is a free country.â€
State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, is sponsoring SCA 5, an amendment that would repeal portions of Proposition 209, which prohibited discrimination against people based on their unchangeable identities. If passed, the amendment would allow public education institutions to give preferential treatment on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.
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