Preferred race-based school admissions policies. Gender quotas in boardrooms. Racial preferences in hiring.
These trends are increasingly popular in America—they’ve become a gospel of sorts among politicians, pundits, and activist mobs who preach so-called “equity” and a return to race and sex consciousness in government action to achieve it.
This growing movement carries a grave threat to freedom. These policies—indeed, the entire notion of “equity”—violate the fundamental principle of equality before the law.
The Declaration of Independence, and later, the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution, guarantee the promise that the equality of each person is a self-evident truth and individual right.
Today’s collectivist movement to replace equality with equity, to supplant individual rights with group entitlements, is gaining traction, and its success should concern us all.
If the push for equity prevails, government will again institutionalize special treatment—that is, discrimination—among individuals based on their membership in groups they didn’t choose, including such forbidden classifications of race and sex.
Pacific Legal Foundation has been on the front lines defending the civil rights imperative of equal treatment. We invite you to join us on May 26 to explore this alarming spread of collectivism through race and sex-based preferences and how we can fight back to preserve equality before the law.