La Shawn Barber

Based on race-fueled hysteria, fake-hating and apparently long-festering racial grievances, the Black Student Union issued a list of "demands" to administrators. The students seized the opportunity to ask a state-supported school to revert to race-based admitting, hiring and funding. And the school capitulated. Yeah, that'll ease racial tensions.

But there's a problem. Government race-based admitting and hiring is illegal in California. In 1996, 54 percent of voters barred their government from discriminating against and preferring individuals or groups on the basis of race and sex.

Ward Connerly, former UC regent and president of the American Civil Rights Institute, spearheaded the campaign to ban racial preferences and intends to review the agreement between the students and the school to determine whether it violates the law.

"It's disturbing that the administrators would be such cowards about all this, rather than standing their ground and saying that in the fullness of time, we will review this situation, but we're not going to do it with a gun to our head," Connerly said.

Why did UCSD administrators give in to race-based demands that may violate the law? "The administration of the university and the regents were under great, great pressure because of the 32 percent increase in the fees that they passed several months ago," Connerly said. "They have been the subject of a lot of very intense pressure from students, from faculty, from administrators, from a lot of people, and there would be no better time for them to get a race issue that would redirect attention from their action to raise fees. This is very fortuitous for them."

Fortuitous, indeed. Behold, racism in the 21st century: a stupid party organized by a black man, a noose left in the library by a "minority student," and a silly KKK-style hood placed on a statue by an idiot.

Eat your heart out, Bull Connor.

La Shawn Barber

Freelance writer La Shawn Barber blogs at the American Civil Rights Institute blog.