It wasn’t supposed to end like this. We were all going to “get along” in a diverse, multicultural paradise, led by our brilliant universities. But in a pattern sure to spread across America, the ethnic strife in California is increasing, not decreasing, as the state becomes even more diverse. And public universities are at the center of it.
In 1996, voters approved Proposition 209, which banned discrimination against, or preferences for, “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.” That is, it banned affirmative action for state and local governments.
State and federal courts upheld Prop. 209, and similar initiatives were later passed by eight more states. Michigan’s 2006 ban was upheld in April of this year by the U.S. Supreme Court, putting an end to challenges in federal courts.
That outcome is unacceptable for California’s racial activists. Now they’re trying to overturn not only Prop. 209 but two other initiatives passed in the 1990’s: Proposition 227 (1998), which banned most bilingual education; and Proposition 187 (1994), which cut funding to illegal immigrants for state welfare and other programs. (Although Prop. 187 was gutted by a federal court, today’s activists see its very...