The editors of the Denver Post don’t seem to be sure. Their editorial today on a “California import that our state doesn’t need” begins as follows:
Just when Coloradans thought we might have to think for ourselves for a change, Ward Connerly jetted into town this week to promote his California-style ban on affirmative action.
Thinking for yourself is hard, and I’m not without sympathy for other people who have trouble with it, but I still find this low regard for the thinking ability of its readers odd coming from the editors of one of Colorado’s major newspapers.
But wait! Maybe those editors see a glimmer of hope after all:
As much as we respect the right of out-of-state politicians to export their pet projects to Colorado, we can’t avoid noting that history is not on Connerly’s side.
In 1998, California millionaire Ron Unz paid professional firms to put an initiative on Colorado’s ballot, Amendment 31, that would have banned bilingual education. Fort Collins philanthropist Pat Stryker stepped up to rally Coloradans against Unz and voters defeated his nostrum.
Whew! There’s a chance Coloradans won’t have to think for themselves after all, even if they don’t follow an outside agitator in what the Post’s editors would regard as a mindless, Pied Piper-like fashion. Maybe another rich philanthropist (or perhaps the editorial board of a major newspaper?) will step up to tell them what to think and how to vote.
This editorial also reveals that the preferentialist powers that be in Colorado have a ways to go in getting their act together. As I pointed out recently here and here, the official line coming out of the Colorado higher education establishment is that CCRI would have no, or little, effect on the policies at the University of Colorado. By contrast, the Post’s editors claim that CCRI would be devastating:
it would reverse the progress the University of Colorado has made in recruiting qualified African-American, Latino and Native American students under the leadership of CU President Hank Brown.
Well, I’m glad we’ve cleared that up. Either the University of Colorado and other institutions in the state bestow admissions and hiring preferences based on race or ethnicity, or they don’t. Thus CCRI is not needed because it would have no effect, or it is unwanted because it would cause the sky to fall.