Earlier in 2014, Senator Ed Hernandez introduced SCA 5, a Senate Constitutional Amendment to repeal the California ban on race-conscious affirmative action in public higher education. The introduction of the bill has opened up a vigorous debate both in the media and within our communities.
Much of the debate has been fueled by misinformation that seeks to pit Asian Americans against other people of color. Those lies should be rejected. SCA 5 does not seek to create unlawful racial quotas or higher admissions standards for Asian Americans. Rather, it simply seeks to allow California to once again use constitutionally permissible race-conscious programs, where race is just one of many factors that may be considered. Such affirmative action programs recognize that race and racism continues to shape our life experience, and that we are more than just a test score or GPA.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus has been a long-time supporter of affirmative action programs. We issued a statement
about SCA 5 and a resource kit
in March. In April, we issued a statement
in response to the Supreme Court decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.
Below are additional materials created in conjunction with sister Asian American organizations. We invite you to share them through your networks.