Californians to vote on overturning state ban on affirmative action

Californians in November are poised to reject a ballot measure, which aims to roll back the state’s long-standing ban on affirmative action.

The ballot measure, Proposition 16, was adopted by the state legislature this summer, following the death of George Floyd in police custody, which ignited nationwide outrage and protests. If passed, Prop 16 would undo a state constitutional amendment that prohibits entities receiving government funds to discriminate based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin.

When introducing the bill, state Rep. Shirley Weber cited the “ongoing pandemic, as well as recent tragedies of police violence” as major reasons why Californians should accept a measure which will
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