CALIFORNIA / 30 JULY 2020 / SUMMARY:

California is looking to overturn Proposition 209. On the California ballot this November 3rd will be Proposition 16, which will bring Affirmative Action to public employment and public education. In essence, this will allow employers and institutions, especially in the public sector who are receiving federal funding and state funding, to give preferential treatment to any individual based on their racial or ethnic identity and gender.

It was pushed by Ava Patterson who studied Berkeley Law, with help from the NAACP, suggesting Proposition 209 did not benefit black students, whose enrollment numbers have shown a steady decline since. The black community in California makes up 6.5% of the state population.

In actuality, a decline in enrollment and employment within the black community is not from disparity and inequality but is statistically offset by the growing Hispanic population, which is about 39% of the population in California according to the Census Bureau. The Hispanic community has, in fact, also seen a 24% rise in college acceptance since Proposition 209 passed. Additionally, the other offset is the statistically proven higher GPA and SAT/ACT scores of the Asian communities in California according to Wenyuan Wu of the Asian-American Coalition for Education. Asians make up about 15% of the total population in California. 

ACTS/SITREP:

CALIFORNIA – 1996, to ensure California citizens were equal under the law and not discriminated against when seeking employment or opportunities, California passed Proposition 209. This was passed with 54% of the votes in favor.

CALIFORNIA – 10 JUNE 2020, Proposition 16 was approved by the California State Assembly.

CALIFORNIA – 24 JUNE 2020, Proposition 16 was passed 30 to 10 by the California State Senate.

CALIFORNIA – 03 NOVEMBER 2020, is TBD.

RECOMMENDATION:

Vote against Proposition 16 come November 3rd and please access the provided links in the sources below. Educate yourself on what this means and please make people aware of this. Proposition 16 uses legislative wording found within Civil Rights to support it, while it oddly violates Civil Rights protections for other racial and ethnic groups residing in California.  

SOURCES:

https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_209,_Affirmative_Action_Initiative_(1996)

https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_16,_Repeal_Proposition_209_Affirmative_Action_Amendment_(2020)

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/06/24/prop-209-affirmative-action-ban-california-voters-to-decide-fate/

https://www.berkeleyside.com/2020/07/09/black-students-uc-berkeley-diversity-proposition-209-proposition-16-affirmative-action-california

https://www.ocregister.com/2020/05/06/a-hasty-hearing-on-a-constitutional-amendment-that-would-overturn-prop-209/