Here in Michigan, one of the proposals on the ballot next week is Proposal 2: The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. This would amend the state constitution to ban affirmative action programs that give preferential treatment based on race, gender, color, ethnicity, etc.
I started this entry to explain why I was going to vote Yes on this proposal. In 2004 there was another Proposal 2, to amend the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman, which would also cancel any same-sex benefits given by local, county, or state government offices.
According to a friend of ours who’s lived in downtown Detroit for years, and follows the political happenings very closely, the African-American community turned out in droves to approve the 2004 Proposal 2, using the same tired reasons: gays are unnatural; gays are against God, ad nauseum. The proposal passed, helping solidify gays’ status as second-class citizens in this state.
And now, two years later, along comes another Proposal 2, and guess who’re up in arms because they feel unfairly targeted by a discriminatory ballot initiative?
*sniff* Smell that? Smell kinda like just desserts to you?
So anyway, I was going to vote Yes on this proposal; not out of racism, but out of vindictiveness. I haven’t forgotten the last Proposal 2, and since those who voted for the last proposal did it for “Christian” reasons, here are a few Christian phrases that I think apply in this case:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
“As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”
While reading the actual proposal in preparation for my self-satisfying rant, it turns out to be a very bad piece of legislation. This is the initial info from a voters’ guide: http://www.pridesourcevotes.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?article=20421, but from there links to a report on the proposal by the U of M Center for the Education of Women, here: http://www.cew.umich.edu/PDFs/MCRIecon6-25.pdf
So, long story short, I have to vote No on this proposal, and I encourage you to do the same. It goes beyond my desire for petty vengeance, and could cause more harm than it proposes to solve.