A new television
ad narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson highlights
discriminatory practices that cast a shadow over
California's short history.
"It wasn't that
long ago that discrimination was legal in California,"
Jackson says. "Japanese Americans were confined in
internment camps. Armenians couldn't buy a house in the
Central Valley. Latinos and African-Americans were
told who they could and could not marry. It was a
sorry time in our history. Today the sponsors of Prop. 8
want to eliminate fundamental rights. We have an obligation
to pass along to our children a more tolerant, more
decent society. Vote No on Prop. 8. It's unfair and
from marrying "was wrong then, and it's wrong now,"
former state assembly speaker Fabian Nunez said in a press
release. "Proposition 8 is a lot like that unfair ban on
interracial marriage. And even though people may feel
differently about marriage, everyone ought to agree
unequal treatment under the law is a bad thing."
an Armenian-American radio personality for KPFK,
mentioned that the proposition eliminates equal rights for
some while continuing to grant the same right to
others. "We Armenians have had to endure a century of
discrimination," she said. "Let us now stand together
calling for an end to discrimination for all people."
(Michelle Garcia, The Advocate)