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The naming of the California anti-affirmative proposition The Civil Rights Initiative several years ago and the naming of the Florida anti-affirmative action initiative One Florida now seems a lot like that scene from The Stand to me The Civil Rights Initiative wasnt about civil rights and One Florida isnt about uniting people in support of minority and women-owned businesses or minority studentsInstead One Florida is Florida Gov Jeb Bushs initiative to end affirmative action in that state Bush says that his program designed by a small committee and enacted by an executive order will actually ensure more minority students and a better program for women and minority-owned businesses But he has yet to show how that will happenUnder One Florida Bush contends he will use the power of his office to ensure that state contracts are awarded fairly In addition it will use what he calls the Talented Twenty concept in which the top 20 percent of Floridas high school graduates will be guaranteed a place in the state university system The problem with this latter plan however is that no financing is guaranteed and while it guarantees a place it does not guarantee a place at the best Florida state schools Thus thousands of Florida minority students could find themselves relegated to the lowest-ranking schools in the state systemSince Bush announced his plan there have been protests at the three public meetings which he held after enacting One Florida and two African American state senators held a sit-in in Bushs office in protest On March 7 more than 30000 people marched in protest to the state capital Tallahassee on the 35th anniversary of the famous Selma Ala civil rights march and the day when Bush was addressing the legislature Speakers included all major civil rights leaders from across the nation including the Rev Jesse Jackson Kweisi Mfume of the NAACP Martin Luther King III Hugh Price of the National Urban League and Patricia Ireland
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