Letters to the Editor, Nov. 23, 2018

Discrimination

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 23, 2018

I-1000 all about legalizing discrimination

People and organizations behind a new Initiative Measure No. 1000 are getting signatures in an attempt to repeal the 1998 voter-approved I-200 with deception.

I-200, the Washington State Civil Rights Initiative, prohibits public institutions from discriminating or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. I-1000 is all about legalizing discrimination. Let’s read its item 11 (d):

“‘Preferential treatment’ means the act of using race, sex, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, and honorably discharged veteran or military status as the sole qualifying factor to select a lesser qualified candidate over a more qualified candidate for a public education, public employment, or public contracting opportunity.”

Pay attention to the term “sole” here. I-1000 is trying to redefine preferential treatment so that it can be used to practice preferential treatment.

The majority voted for I-200 to protect every person’s equal right in 1998. So why should we repeal it for the so-called “diversity?”

We, the people, say “No” to discrimination.

Qiong Xu

Bellevue

EDITOR’S NOTE: According to the full text of the initiative (available online at https://bit.ly/2qRM27n), I-1000 is about “Restoring affirmative action into state law without the use of quotas or preferential treatment; defining the meaning of preferential treatment and its exceptions; and establishing a governor’s commission on diversity, equity, and inclusion.” The letter writer’s quote is only the initiative’s definition of the term “preferential treatment.”


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bellevuereporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bellevuereporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Opinion

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Here’s a theory on why people embrace all those crazy theories | Whale’s Tales

Not so long ago, one could have called me a dyed-in-the-wool, hard-core… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Police misconduct is getting expensive for taxpayers | Roegner

More cities and counties are avoiding trials and settling with the families… Continue reading

Dr. Jayendrina Singha Ray’s research interests include postcolonial studies, spatial literary studies, British literature, and rhetoric and composition. Prior to teaching in the U.S., she worked as an editor with Routledge and taught English at colleges in India. She is a resident of Kirkland.
Changing tides: Learning and training in the Metaverse

The Indian Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, pushed the colonial classroom outdoors in… Continue reading

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.
Here’s how we foot the bill for reducing wildfires in WA | Brunell

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Did we end the mask mandate too soon in WA? | Roegner

Philadelphia recently became the first U.S. city to reinstate its indoor mask… Continue reading

Most Read