‘Racial equity’

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, working in tandem with an outfit called the Western States Center, has compiled a new report dubbed "Facing Race: 2009 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity."

The report awards Carson City’s Democrat-dominated Assembly "an A-plus for 100 percent support for racial equity bills," while exiling the state Senate to the racial-equity outhouse with a grade of "D-plus" — and even more vociferously condemning Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons with a grade of "F-minus for signing only 43 percent of racial equity bills."

Good heavens! An "F-minus"? Worse than an "F"? Did even Orville Faubus, George Wallace or Lester Maddox — famous segregationist Southern governors of the 1950s and ’60s — ever receive an "F-minus" on race relations and equity?

If Jim Gibbons is as bad as the guys who stood in schoolhouse doors to stop black children from entering, imagine how bad things in Nevada have now become!

Do you recall the bills that succeeded in re-segregating Nevada’s schools, requiring non-white children to attend separate facilities without indoor plumbing or central heat? Remember when the "whites only" signs went back up on Nevada’s public restrooms and water fountains? When the state declared that "employees of color" would be paid only five-eighths what whites make for the same work?

Well … no. Because none of those things ever happened, of course.

In fact, PLAN is pretty up-front about its redistributive, collectivist goals, aimed at promoting "greater racial and social justice" through bigger government and the confiscation of more and more of your money.

This "study" was clearly designed to generate more of the familiar "Nevada stinks" headlines that liberals love to wave around as they demand more tax dollars for more government programs … seldom mentioning that the source of all the "discontent" — these supposed "unmet needs" — is their own ginned-up outrage.

All those "failing grades" in "racial equity"? It turns out the report’s authors held it against the legislators that they took no action on AB155, which would have required even more classroom time be spent on "multicultural education."

So black and Hispanic kids spent their time learning grammar and arithmetic right alongside the white kids, and this "hurts racial equity"?

Nevada was in a recession in 2009 — not a great time to fund new programs — but the report took points away from lawmakers because AB269, which would have provided "free," tax-paid medical care to all children who do not reside with a parent or legal guardian, died in committee.

And finally there were AB245, which would have required voters to show some identification at the polls (no action taken); SB52, the "REAL ID" Act, which passed the Senate but received no vote in the Assembly; and AB347, which would have placed limits on social services for non-U.S. citizens, another proposal which was stillborn in the 2009 Legislature.

Even though none of these bill drafts became law, the report’s authors hated these proposals and gave lawmakers bad grades for supporting them.

This insistence on dividing Americans up into various supposedly oppressed minorities and then reviling and condemning as "racist" those who don’t go along with any and every new politically correct spending scheme would be hilarious if it didn’t frequently succeed in keeping us at each other’s throats, which is precisely what the politics of victimization requires.

Nevada’s governors and lawmakers — yes, including the Republicans — may be imperfect in many ways. But they’re not racists. Throw this one in the circular file with all those direct-mail holiday fliers, breathe a sigh of relief, and let’s get back to celebrating the season of good fellowship for all … regardless of color.


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