Can California Show the Nation How to Be Color Blind?

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On October 7, Californians will vote on whether to recall the Governor they elected just last November, but that-s not all that will be on the ballot. There also will be an initiative measure with the potential to influence the Governor-s fate, and which has the potential to become an issue nationwide. Supporters call Proposition 54 the Racial Privacy Initiative. If it passes, government agencies would be prohibited from asking anyone about race or ethnicity. Opponents say that flies in the face of reality, especially in America-s most diverse state. What about social research and continued discrimination? We debate the pros and cons of such a color-blind society with civil rights activists, a state pollster, and advocates on both sides of the proposed initiative.
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President Bush-s press conference

Transportation Security Administration

Classification by Race, Ethnicity, Color or National Origin (Prop 54)

Racial Privacy Initiative (Pro-Prop 54 website)

Vote No! on Prop 54

Field Poll on RPI

Prohibition against Discrimination or Preferential Treatment by State and Other Public Entities (Prop 209, 1996)

Ward Connerly, author of RPI

Schwarzenegger's campaign website

Funding of Before- and After-School Programs (Prop 49, 2002)



Warren Olney