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How A Grassroots Movement Killed California’s Attempts To Impose State-Mandated Racial Preferences

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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Grassroots organizers managed to defeat a California ballot measure that would have reinstated state and local authorities’ ability to enact affirmative action programs.

Black Louisiana native Ward Connerly, an 81-year-old who grew up during the Jim Crow era and 33-year-old Wenyuan Wu, a Chinese immigrant-turned-activist over anti-Asian admissions discrimination, led the campaign to defeat Proposition 16 according to the Wall Street Journal. Together, they mounted a successful campaign to defeat Proposition 16 in California. The vote ended with 57% opposed to allowing racial preference treatment and 43% in favor, according to The New York Times.