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President of Californians for Equal Rights, Pres of the American Civil Rights Institute, and a former Regent of the University of CA.
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2 Dec 20
It is currently fashionable to argue that health disparities are evidence of “systemic racism.” This argument and the issue of choke-holds are the rationale for trying to reinstate race preferences in WA. If you don’t genuflect to this claim, the diversity enforcers and the
race advocates will seek to make your life miserable. This is happening to Sue Frost, a Sac County Supervisor who was recently on the short-end of a 4-1 vote about precisely this issue. These are pc bullies, supported by the media. We should give moral support to those who refuse
race advocates try to beat you into submission. We see this occurring in Sacto County, where Supervisor Sue Frost was on the losing end of a 4-1 vote about a resolution which asserted that health disparities were indicative of systemic racism. She is right to push back, as we see
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30 Nov 20
Our governor, our Legislature, our major university, big businesses, unions, those who teach our kids - all seem to disagree with us, the people. Over time, what do we do? We cave or we fight? I suggest we fight. If we choose that course, how? How can we close the gap between us
and those who act on our behalf, who make the decisions that govern how we live? Perhaps, I am not being sufficiently trusting. Perhaps, all within our "elite" class will see the Prop 16 vote and obey the will of the people. Unfortunately, history does not vindicate that forecast
So, if we conclude that we are engaged in running a marathon, not a sprint, we need to gear up to WIN!
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11 Oct 20
@TheLeoTerrell Leo, I am not surprised at all with this tweet. There is a lesson embedded in it that I will share with the public, because it might help in our fight to defeat Prop 16.
During the 209 campaign, there weren’t many people who “looked like me” and who supported 209. My two most /1
@TheLeoTerrell visible opponents were Leo Terrell and Joe Hicks. Joe was refined and tried to use reason to convince Californians that I was wrong
@TheLeoTerrell while Leo came at me like a raging bull, angry & intent on my destruction. The day following the election, I received a call from Joe, who I had not met before the campaign. He offered congratulations and praise for my conduct. He said, “I was wrong and I want to help you.” /3
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9 Oct 20
SERIAL TWEET IN PROCESS
Yesterday, I appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show to discuss race and Prop 16. The appearance was very well received. Something is going on in our beloved America, and in CA, and as the announced “leader” of this movement, I want to share my off-the-cuff /1
thoughts. First, I welcome the 510 new Twitter followers who responded to what I had to say with very positive comments, some of which may be seen on Twitter. Out of all the comments, only one was negative, and that was from a Black man in Texas who called me a “house Negro.” /2
That was meant to insult and intimidate me. Were I a lesser man, who was insecure about his beliefs, the tactic might be successful, but I thank God for giving me the fiber to withstand such tactics. I am a veteran in the war against bullies. Nothing could be worse than what I /3
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24 Sep 20
In my senior year at CSUS, we were studying various political systems and the principles that undergird those systems. Dr. Thompson emphasized that totalitarian systems, specifically communism, sounded very seductive because they co-opted language that was a far cry from what
the systems actually did. He said that with the right words, totalitarian leaders believed that they could convince the populace that up is really down and equal is really unequal. Nothing is what it might appear in totalitarian regimes. Over the past 24 years, in 10 campaigns,
I have found that nothing is truer than this. In America, with each passing day, we see evidence that progressive philosophy has the disturbing tendency toward expansive government and the abuse of commonly accepted meanings about words. Prop 16 is a classic example. To them,
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23 Sep 20
Last night, I expressed the view that we are locked in a civil war with progressive extremism. Tonight, I apologize for being so soft in my characterization of this matter. It is more than a civil war; it is a fight for the future of America.
Representation v individual rights?
Anarchy v rule of law?
Equity v equality?
Identity politics v focus on the individual?

Am I exaggerating the threat or is a real challenge to our future?
If one were to take a sneak peak at my Twitter feed over the past four months, a remarkable conclusion could be reached, and it is this: Yes, Prop 16 is about fairness & equality in college admissions, public employment & public contracting, but an even more important phenomenon
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22 Sep 20
But, what if a year from now we discover that it was not a “bit much” and the nation that we love has been “transformed,” as Bernie Sanders proposed, and we were too afraid to connect the dots when it could have mattered? What if your life is turned totally upside down because
a handful of progressives had a plan that they wanted to implement? I for one am fearful of what I see throughout the country and I believe Prop 16 is but a piece of it. I am not suggesting a conspiracy, but I am adamantly suggesting that there are too many events to ignore.
You can’t win a fight if you don’t realize that you are in one. I don’t want to “transform America.” I want to improve upon it where problems are identified, but I like the basic framework we inherited. There are those among us, I am now convinced, who want to tear or burn it
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22 Sep 20
I believe it is not a stretch to suggest that our nation is in the midst of a civil war. While I in no way want to suggest that our struggle of today has the equivalence of the events that confronted Lincoln and the deplorable atrocities of slavery, it would be a mistake of
cataclysmic proportions for us to fail to recognize the extraordinary events that are occurring and to put them into some overall context. Doing so could result in our losing the war without even knowing that we were in one.

First, the lesson of COVID is that our liberties are
hanging by a slender thread as businesses are forced into closure, the right to attend church is restricted, individuals are required to conduct themselves against their will by an action not of Congress or a Legislature but of a governor. A “bit much?” Tell that to the couple
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20 Sep 20
California is a “sanctuary” state with an estimated population of 40 million or so. We need to know, but we don’t, how many of the 40 million are not citizens of CA. The UC is a select institution, with a demand for admission far in excess of availability. The last time I
checked, UC didn’t have a citizenship question asked at the time of admission. Therefore, a Latino who is not a citizen could be given preferential treatment over an American-born Latino. Forget all considerations about immigration, etc. would this be fair or sound public policy?
There are several dimensions to this question, but the Legislative Latino Caucus, and the proponents on Prop 16 want proportional representation. To what demographic groups do you assign or allocate the sanctuary, “undocumented” population? As long as CA has sanctuary policies,
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19 Sep 20
Those of who are fighting to defeat Prop 16 are fighting a political machine. This machine is largely controlled by a bunch of ideological “progressives.” A major cog in this machine is what can be called a progressives donors club. Members of this club are very wealthy people
who have benefited enormously from our system of free enterprise, competition and merit. Inexplicably, they now are willing to destroy our system for the sake of “racial justice,” which is essentially a lot of misguided phony baloney. Some members of this club are interested in
education while others have different priorities. They are not guided by principle or morality. Instead, they are a bunch of back-scratchers who pony up a million here and a million there to help their progressive allies on issues that matter to specific club members. So what if
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19 Sep 20
Today, I heard one candidate for U.S. President call his opponent a socialist and someone who is “shot” and responsible for imprisoning hundreds of thousands of Black men.

The other candidate accuses his opponent of being responsible for the death of all who died from COVID
Much of what both candidates said is demonstrably false, lacking in nuance or outright vicious and mean. It is not my purpose to referee or pass judgment on either of them, in this serial post. Rather, to ask why they do this, and what are the consequences of their conduct?
I conclude the obvious: they are doing what we call “playing politics.” They are trying to convince voters to cast their votes for them. Over the past 24 years, I have also sought to persuade voters to vote for the cause that I have led in 10 different states. Thus, one can say
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15 Sep 20
A SERIAL THREAD:
I am 81 going on 60, which means that I have cast many votes in my lifetime, some big and some small. None is more significant to me than this one. Prop 16 is responsible for this distinction. Born in the Deep South, I am very familiar with being discriminated
against because of the color of my skin. It always pained me when this happened, because I had done nothing wrong and there was nothing I could do about it. As I grew older, in my mid-20s, my government acknowledged that what it been doing against me, and others like me was
morally wrong, and it put into law the fact that discrimination is not only wrong and contrary to American values, so shall it be illegal. Recognizing the damage done by earlier forms of discrimination, the Pres, acting by himself, authorized a temporary form of discrimination
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13 Sep 20
We sometimes forget - as we are confronted with senseless riots, a pandemic that alters our way of life, the phenomenon of homelessness, the imposition of racial hysteria, and now with the challenge of rebuilding our economy - that we are Americans. Throughout my life, I have
seen my country meet seemingly overwhelming challenges and turn them back. The factor which has sustained us is our dedication to our ideals. This was never more in evidence than when Lincoln rose to the challenge of giving freedom to some to whom freedom had been denied.
At Gettysburg, he reminded his fellow Americans, and posterity, that “we are a nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” That reminder is just as appropriate in our time as it was when Lincoln addressed the nation at Gettysburg
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12 Sep 20
A Serious Matter: You have a granddaughter about to enter high school. Already thinking about college. Full of anxiety and has asked for any advice you can give. Options:
#1 Life can be challenging, but work hard, do your best & you will be rewarded based on your merit.
#2 Do
you say, do your best, but we have affirmative action in this state, and it will take your life’s experiences, including your race and national origin, into consideration.
1 or 2?
Great observation. Hard work IS recognized and largely appreciated.
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8 Sep 20
Today, I had the pleasure of watching a yet-to-be released movie with two new friends, who shall remain nameless to protect their innocence about hanging out with me . The moviie, “Created Equal,” is about my friend Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the love of his life,
Ginni Thomas. We get an inside look at the values poured into Justice Thomas by his grandfather and how he dealt with life’s challenges. What I most admired was how he stood his ground when confronted with mindless efforts to bring him down, and his defense of equality.
Love is a powerful emotion. It transcends all others, except that hate can also be all-consuming. I thank God Almighty that skin color or “race” is no longer the factor that it was when Virginia Lamb and Clarence Thomas we’re born. It was not until 1967 that our country decided
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4 Sep 20
A SERIAL COMMENTARY...

Today, I had one of the most depressing experiences of my life.

My family came to Sacramento in 1947. My first job was as a stock clerk in downtown Sacto in late 1954. Every day, after school at Grant Union High School, I took the 2:40 bus downtown. to
go to work at my $.90/hr job for a Jewish family-owned business. I used my monthly wages to pay the $36/mo mortgage on the house in which my widowed g-mother and I lived. Riding that bus every day to my job downtown gave me a sense of pride and freedom that is beyond imagination.
When I arrived at work, the all-White staff would greet me with warmth and a sandwich, knowing that I might be a little hungry.
When I arrived downtown today, in the heart of the city, at 11:45, shops were closed, businesses were boarded, and the homeless owned the streets.
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31 Aug 20
Democracy cannot be put on autopilot. It requires our constant vigilance and engagement. In CA, where the Far Left spends virtually every waking hour looking for ways to spend our money and to divide us, it is very important for the people to be on guard.
My fellow Californians, we have one helluva problem. While there are many in this once-great State who are trying to cope with an economy that has crashed - increasing bankruptcies, home evictions, unemployment and savaged savings - and they are trying desperately to get back on
their feet, we have a Legislsture that is adding to our misery by trying to “transform” CA. Our Legislature is structured along lines of caucuses based on race/ethnicities. Many of these caucuses believe that Whites have been running the show for too long and, of course, there is
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30 Aug 20
In my opinion, the only thing that progressives could do that would be worse than Prop 16 would be to pass legislation to take away my freedom. To some extent, that is what it does. Here we are, in America, the land of equal opportunity for all, a state with a long tradition of
respect for individual rights, having to defend our right to be treated equally . Call it diversity, affirmative action (AA), whatever you want, it’s still having to defend that fundamental right. Have we become so numb that we can’t see what is at stake? Giving the Far Left
the legal right to discriminate based on race would be tantamount to opening a liquor store for alcoholics. Prop 16 would not be the end of this fight; it would be just the beginning. We cannot be so stupid to believe that anyone who is willing to deprive us of our rights would
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24 Aug 20
Confused about Prop 16?
Here is my conclusion after detailed analysis.
Proponents: the constitutional policy of equality is harmful to people of color and should be eliminated so that several hundred govt agencies can engage in racial discrimination through the use of preferential treatment of POC.
Opponents: whenever anyone seeks college admission, or applies for a govt job or bids on a govt contract, their race, skin color, sex, ethnicity or the country in which their ancestors were born, should not be a factor. No discrimination and no preferential treatment for anyone.
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23 Aug 20
Toward the end of the Jim Crow era, in the early 1960s, a major debate ensued among Black people (and Whites as well) about the most appropriate way for Black people to enter American society. On one side was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK favored racial integration, equality
and reliance on the American creed of “We hold these truths to be self evident, that men are created equal...” On the other side, there was Malcolm X. Malcolm cautioned against putting too much faith in White people, especially While liberals who pretend to care about Blacks.
Malcolm warned that they would ultimately betray us. He urged self empowerment - stand on your own two feet. Unfortunately, in matters of public policy, we seem to believe that two opposing ideas cannot be right at the same time. As a nation, we embraced all of King’s approach
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23 Aug 20
I can think of no issue that fosters greater betrayal of the English language than “race.” Many who are white, brown, cream and everything in between are “Black.” Most Latinos and Asians are indistinguishable in color from Whites, but they are not “White.” I have never anyone
who is actually white of color. Based on racial identity, Latinos are the majority in CA. But, at UC, they are an “underrepresented minority.” Prop 209 forbids discrimination and preferential treatment. But, its opponents and the media (a redundancy, I know) claim that it bans
affirmative action. But, they say that AA is not “preferential treatment;” it is just giving opportunity._1
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