Initiative 1000 legalizes race-based discrimination in college admissions and public-sector employment, which, advocates argue, will lead to greater opportunity for minorities.
In practice, though, the law will harm Asian-Americans by reducing their admissions to the University of Washington system, unfairly punishing their academic success.
Kan Qiu, who leads Washington Asians for Equality, viewed this as an insult—and motivation to show progressive legislators that they couldn’t take Asian-Americans for granted.
Asian-Americans have become the first minority group to reject the progressive consensus, but organizers believe that Indian-Americans and others could be next.
The message from Washington Asians for Equality is simple: race-based discrimination is wrong.