I wrote about California’s Prop 16 about a month ago. In case you missed it, Prop 16 was designed to remove a passage from the state constitution which reads: “The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”
Why would activists want to remove a prohibition against racial discrimination from California’s constitution? Because they needed to remove it to pursue affirmative action programs in the state. You see that simple statement was added to the constitution by voters back in 1996. Prop 209, as it was then called, made California the first state to make affirmative action illegal. Left-wing activists have been trying to overturn it ever since and they though that this year they could get it done. Fortunately, they failed:
Proposition 16, which would have reinstated the ability to consider race and sex in government hiring and contracting and in public university admissions, was defeated, upholding a ban that voters first approved 24 years ago. By Wednesday, the measure trailed by 12 percentage points, a slightly larger margin than the one in the 1996 election in which California outlawed many affirmative action programs. The measure was winning only five Bay Area counties and Los Angeles.