Much can be said, has been said, and needs to be said about the sleazy tactics of the opponents of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. George Will called them “thuggish ”; K-Lo wrote earlier this week about these folks’ recent equation of MCRI to Katrina and 9-11.
Here’s my contribution: When debating MCRI at the University of Michigan this week, one of my opponents made it a point not once, but twice, to liken the proponents of MCRI to the Ku Klux Klan. The second time, he did acknowledge that I wasn’t actually a member of the KKK—just that I shared the common goal of making racial preferences illegal. The same thing happened the following night, against another opponent, in a debate at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Actually, I thought the KKK rather liked some racial preferences. As did the Nazis. As do the opponents of MCRI. But I don’t mean to suggest that these groups are all the same. Just that they want the same things. That’s all.