Whenever a ballot proposal starts off on a deceptive note, we need to be on guard. Such is the case with the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, or Proposal 2, which uses the bait-and-switch approach to wrap itself in the heritage of the civil rights movement while attempting to roll back 50 years of progress for minorities and women.
The people behind Proposal 2 have goals which sound lofty -- they claim they are trying to create a colorblind society where everyone is equal. Proposal 2 would end preferences based on race, sex, skin color, ethnicity or national origin in public employment, public contracting and college admissions.
If passed by voters this November, Proposal 2 would affect public employment, public education, and public contracting throughout Michigan.
Presto-chango: an instant equal society -- all problems solved.
But the devil is in the details.