Prof. Crenshaw Exposes Ward Connerly’s Deceptive Tactics, on Ms. Magazine and PBS. She is on the Tavis Smiley Show and NOW!
Prof. Crenshaw on Tavis Smiley TV Show and NOW- PBS Talking About "Connerly’s Preference for Deception" and the struggle to keep affirmative action!
Prof. Crenshaw recently wrote an article for Ms. Magazine discussing the deception utilized by Ward Connerly’s equally misleadingly named organization, American Civil Rights Initiative. Following this publication, Prof. Kimberlé Crenshaw appeared with Kathy Spillar, Executive Director of Ms. Foundation, on the Tavis Smiley radio show in January to build up momentum against similar activity in the upcoming November elections on anti-affirmative action referendums in five states.
Since Prof. Crenshaw spent most of 2007 in
In addition, Connerly’s argument during the
Another area of misinformation and misguided focus occurred amongst women voters. While women have been the main beneficiaries of affirmative action, Prof. Crenshaw points out that the ballot measures in
As Prof. Crenshaw and Kathy Spillar acknowledged on the Tavis Smiley show, the media ultimately has a duty to fairly discuss affirmative action. In addition, the media failed to reveal Connerly’s deceptive tactics used in Michigan as well as his lucrative ties to contractors and large corporations that stand to gain with the withdrawal of affirmative action policies. For example, with affirmative action, minority and women contractors were guaranteed a percentage of the profitable government contracts normally given to companies already well connected and part of the “old boys” network. Now, even Connerly acknowledges, women and minority contractors are excluded from this “inside network” in
As the Ms. Magazine article and the discussion on the Tavis Smiley show revealed, a long road is ahead in the attempt to dispel the misinformation around affirmative action. Connerly’s deceptive tactics have worked in the past, and without the public airing or legal repercussions, will probably be used again. Prof. Crenshaw’s Ms. Magazine article and appearance on the Tavis Smiley show are just early efforts at increasing this much needed media coverage in the build up to the 2008 November elections.
As an outgrowth of both appearaces, Prof. Crenshaw
As an outgrowth of both appearaces, Prof. Crenshawand others presented their viewpoints on Connerly’s deceptive tactics during the August edition of NOW on PBS. During the show, Connerly himself defended his strategy to convince five more states to ban affirmative action. Racial justice in light of the Obama campaign was also part of that conversation. See the show "Attacking Affirmative Action" at http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/434/index.html .
You can find Prof. Crenshaw’s article, A Preference for Deception, here and in Ms. Magazine’s Winter 2008 Issue, on the newsstands now.
To listen to Prof. Crenshaw’s appearance on the Tavis Smiley Show click here.