Oklahoma Affirmative Action Ban Amendment, State Question 759 (2012)

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The Oklahoma Affirmative Action Ban Amendment will appear on the 2012 ballot in the state of Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would ban affirmative action programs in the state, and would prohibit special treatment based on race or sex in public employment, education or contracts. It was introduced by State Senator Rob Johnson and State Representative Leslie Osborn.[1]

Support

Arguments

  • State Senator Rob Johnson, who introduced the proposal, stated, "I think we should judge people purely on their qualifications. I think at one point in time there was a need for affirmative action programs, especially right after the civil rights movement, but I think the time has come now where they’re doing more damage than they are good.”[2]

Opposition

Opponents

  • State Senator Judy Eason McIntyre is against the measure, claiming, "This should not be what brings people to the polls: these kinds of issues that further divide us."[2]
  • Senate Democratic leader Andrew Rice said, "It’s just more of a political game. And it will be on the 2012 ballot with an African-American president that is very unpopular in Oklahoma.”[2]

Arguments

  • State Representative Jabar Shumate used the argument that the measure is being used as a tool to rouse residents, arguing, "If there’s no problem and you’re looking for a solution, there has to be a conclusion that there’s an effort to stir up the fears of people."[2]

Path to the ballot

See also

References

  1. NECN.com, "GOP lawmakers push to abolish affirmative action", April 5, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Diverse Education, "Oklahoma’s GOP Lawmakers Push to Abolish Affirmative Action", April 7, 2011