Even Californians shot down a proposition to allow institutions more latitude in using race to make hiring, firing, and acquiring decisions. If immigration was the electoral $100 bill lying on the sidewalk in 2015, opposition to race preferences is the one lying there today. Support for it is limited primarily to blue checkmarks and their followers on twitter. A poll taken last week shows only a plurality of Democrats and nothing close to a majority of anyone else favors race-based college admissions:
From GSS data collected over the course of the Great Awokening on racial preferences in hiring:
Preferential hiring based on gender* enjoys relatively more popular support:
The pool of potential beneficiaries when the preference is based on gender rather than on race is larger. The potential beneficiaries are a numerical majority, in fact. And while a white man may not have a close non-white person in his life who might benefit from race-based preferences, he has a mother, daughter, or wife who potentially will.
The failure of Prop 16 in California last November presages an impending shift in the American discourse on civil rights. Civil rights have historically been viewed by white identitarians as a hostile force. They’ve historically viewed the Civil Rights Act of 1965 as an assault. We’re now at a point where the Act will act as a break on the most extreme impulses of people like those who pushed the failed California proposition.
Over the course of his prolific career Steve Sailer has been fond of trying to predict what the next civil rights struggle will be. It was race and sex in the past, homosexuality more recently, and then transgenderism. The pool of the putatively oppressed has been reduced to a fraction of a fraction of the population to such an extent that scarcely anyone remains. But the impulse is there, and as crazy as it sounds in The Current Year, whites will become the beneficiaries of some of it as the systematic oppression of the most vulnerable and unprivileged of them intensifies.
Modest rhetorical suggestion: Democrats are the real racists does have utility, but not if the emphasis is on their alleged antagonism towards blacks or other minorities. Their racism is directed against whites in government bailouts, university admissions, hirings and promotions, etc. Do not bemoan that the things Democrats do benefit people of color. Criticize them for hurting whites and Christians and rustics. You don’t sell opposition to a thing by focusing on who it helps, you do it be focusing on the sympathetic people it hurts.
GSS variables used: AFFRMACT, FEJOBAFF, YEAR(2010-2018), SEX, RELIG(1-2,4-13), RACECEN1(4-10), HISPANIC(1), RACEHISP, PARTYID(0-1)(2-4,7)(5-6)
* I’d prefer to use the term “sex” but its use as verb makes a sentence dealing with preferential hiring a little