|Updated: 10/11/2012 9:18 am
||Published: 10/10/2012 8:26 pm
Oklahoma voters will head to the polls in less than a month, but you won't just be voting for president. In our state, there's another issue on the ballot: repealing affirmative action.
"As a woman, I don't like it,” said Kathleen O’Donnell. “I want to feel like when I step into something that people recognize I earned it."
"I think we pretty much need it in today’s society," said Wayne Jackson.
Jackson owns a restaurant. While it's a private business, he says he does everything he can to promote diversity. He fears public employers won't if we get rid of affirmative action.
"I think everyone needs to be watched,” said Jackson. “Everyone needs to be watched."
A yes vote on State Question 759 would end affirmative action.
Right now, because of affirmative action, state hiring, contracting and education are closely watched to ensure women, minorities, veterans and anyone who is disabled are treated fairly.
"We're going to have to value diversity,” said State Rep. Jabar Shumate.
Rep. Shumate said keeping affirmative action in place benefits business in our state.
"It makes us look bad in Oklahoma when businesses are trying to relocate and want a place with diversity," said Shumate.
"If you don't bring the proper attraction here, the proper money here we can not thrive. That’s a must,” said Jackson.
Some say it's no longer the stuff made of black and white pictures, but come November it could be a thing of the past.
You’ll have until Friday to register to vote. You can register the Tulsa County Election Board.
To learn more about State Question 759, there's a forum at the Rudisill Library, Sunday October 14 at 3 p.m.