Sunday, November 05, 2006

Anti-affirmative action backer welcomes all support, KKK included

Just when you think you have heard it all...

DETROIT (AP) — A key backer of a ballot initiative to end public affirmative action programs in Michigan is facing scrutiny after comments he made that appeared to welcome the Ku Klux Klan's support for the proposal were posted online.

Ward Connerly, a California businessman who is pushing the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative and helped to get similar measures passed in his home state and in Washington state, was quoted in a documentary examining affirmative action. The measure on Tuesday's ballot, Proposal 2, would ban the use of race and gender preferences in state government and university admissions.

In a video posted to the Web site, Connerly is shown saying, "If the Ku Klux Klan thinks that equality is right, God bless them."

Connerly, who is black, defended his remark, saying he accepts support for banning affirmative action wherever he finds it.

"Throughout my life I have made absolutely clear my disdain for the KKK," Connerly said in a written statement Friday. "However, like all Americans, I hope that this group will move beyond its ugly history and agree that equality before the law is the ideal. If they or any group accepts equality for all people, I will be the first to welcome them."

Some things are just beyond belief, the KKK epousing equality is one of them, but we will let Ward live in his own fantasy land. Maybe they can get together for lunch after this is over.

No on 2. Tell Ward and the KKK to go away now. Please.