Oklahoma Legislature Proposes Amendment to End Affirmative Action

A Republican-sponsored amendment in Oklahoma reads:

“This proposed constitutional amendment makes clear that all men are created equal and should be treated as such by their government. If voters approve this constitutional amendment, state government will not be allowed to discriminate against Oklahoma citizens based on race or gender – period.”

This amendment proposes to end Affirmative Action in state government.  During the debate in the state House, support for the amendment took on a different notion of equality.  One Representative’s contributions have gotten a great deal of internet attention.  Sally Kern (R) who voted for the bill, said that ending considerations of diversity made sense because “a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”

Kern is not a stranger to public statements.  It was she who introduced a bill to ban Sharia law in Oklahoma, and she also once said that “gays are infiltrating city councils” claiming that the LGBT community is “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.” (She did say in that same speech that she was not “anti.”)

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