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McCain Does the Right Thing on Racial Preferences

So Sen. Obama maintains that the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative is divisive. This is the language of the initiative:

“The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”

A reporter may wish to ask Sen. Obama precisely what in the foregoing language he finds divisive. Does Obama believe equal treatment is inherently divisive? What benefits does Sen. Obama believe have been derived throughout history by allowing states to discriminate on the basis of race? Does he favor repeal of California’s Prop. 209 and the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative?


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