Supreme Court was exactly right

The Supreme Court's 6-2 decision about racial preferences at colleges is exactly right. It also solidifies California's Proposition 209.

Admissions based on criteria other than merit may lead to resentment and hostilities based on race, which the nation has been trying to put behind it.

Justice Stephen Breyer noted in his decision: "The Constitution foresees the ballot box, not the courts, as the normal instrument for resolving differences and debates about the merits of these programs."

"Equal protection" has morphed into diversity and made diversity a purpose important enough to justify racial preferences and, therefore, discrimination against those not of the preferred race.

By granting entry on the basis of race rather than merit, you needlessly damage promising minority students by turning them into above-average failures at institutions for which they are unprepared.

The world is not perfect. Colleges and universities will still admit athletes to build their sports programs. But these individuals are also being sacrificed on the altar of college sports achievement with little regard to the impact on the athletes and their futures.

Gregg Manning

Clayton

Totally agree with court's decision

I totally support the Supreme Court's ruling regarding race preferences.

Affirmative action is based on the concepts of guilt by association, group guilt and hereditary guilt. I do not see these concepts embedded in our Constitution or our judicial history.

Affirmative action is a concept that begets anger, resentment and other negativity toward minorities.

Edward Zawatson

Concord

Racism does still exist in the U.S.

I do not agree with the Supreme Court's decision about racial preferences but recognize that it is now the law of the land.

I understand the Supreme Court justices live in another world; they believe discrimination is now in our past. I have no doubt the majority of them would be surprised at the level of racism and discrimination that still exists in the United States.

What proof was offered that discrimination and/or racism has ended? Surely, not the fact that we have a black president!

I'm not saying that progress has not been made. But I, for one, don't see that discrimination and racism are on their deathbed.

Thurdell Wickliff

Richmond

Affirmative action a dismal failure

Affirmative action is another example of the multiple failures liberals and Democrats have attempted to foist on us in their attempts to turn our nation into a socialist state, where individual initiative is squelched in favor of mediocrity.

In other words, social engineering, social justice and income equality replace freedom, opportunity and individual accomplishment in our nation.

The abomination of affirmative action has failed everywhere it has been tried. Here in California, poorly prepared and unqualified minority students were admitted to taxpayer-supported universities and colleges while vastly qualified ones were turned away.

Result: The unqualified rarely made it through the first semester of higher education. They just could not cope with the requirements of advanced studies. Furthermore, billions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on this absurdity.

In 1996, 54 percent of California voters passed Proposition 209 to eliminate affirmative action. If a Democratic Party politically inspired proposition to reinstate it were presented today, it would fail by an even larger margin.

Democrats and liberals don't understand that "We the People" are neither stupid nor spendthrifts!

Ernest Hampson

Pittsburg

Affirmative action laws unnecessary

Generally speaking, I agree with the Supreme Court's decision regarding racial preferences at colleges and universities.

When my employment at a local oil refinery began in 1957, the company's iron barrel plant was staffed almost exclusively by black employees. The work was noisy, dirty and was performed in the presence of hazardous chemicals. The corporate giant has long since abandoned such segregated positioning.

There was a time in America's discriminatory past that most reasonable people believed affirmative action laws were necessary to achieve racial fairness. The racial prejudice that had existed for far too long could no longer be overlooked in our country.

However, I reject the notion that when such laws were adopted they were intended to be infinite. Today's more inclusive America is evidence that the laws, by and large, have satisfied their initial purpose and, therefore, their continuation is unnecessary.

Ronald Entwistle

San Pablo

Racial preference is discrimination

It's simple. You either condone discrimination or you don't, and racial preference is simply discrimination.

Among those who do not believe in racial discrimination -- but in equality based on personal merit -- are Martin Luther King Jr., Ward Connerly, Thomas Sowell, the voters of the state of California and now the voters of the state of Michigan.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in the Michigan case that voters in individual states, not the federal government, have the right to decide whether or not discrimination will be allowed when it comes to college and university admissions.

But what about federal affirmative action laws, which support racial and other preferences, i.e., discrimination in its and its contractors' workplaces? That's an issue the federal government through its Supreme Court may not be able to dodge in the future.

Jeff Morris

Brentwood

Must not allow discrimination

Yes, the Supreme Court made the right decision to prohibit racial discrimination, otherwise known as affirmative action, when deciding college admissions.

America has long championed the idea of equal opportunity and there is no more reason to use race as an admission factor than there is to use country of origin, sexual preferences or religion.

Achievement, as demonstrated largely by academic performance, aptitude tests and constructive extracurricular activities, should be the deciding factors.

California has taken steps to ensure that all K-12 schools receive equal funding per student and that school districts are racially desegregated so that all California kids have the same educational opportunity.

Those kids and their parents who do not appreciate and take advantage of that opportunity should not then get a second bite of the apple by displacing others, who did work hard to seize that opportunity, on the basis of color.

Kudos to the Supreme Court for upholding basic fairness and traditional American values.

Dick Patterson

El Cerrito