In 1996, Proposition 209 took a wrecking ball to fairness and equality, also known as affirmative action, in California. This terrible, misguided law banned the consideration of race, gender, or ethnicity in public university admissions, hiring, and public contracting.
Without a concrete tool to remove barriers to systems that are biased against people of color and women, access to top universities, lucrative jobs, and state government contracts can be limited or thwarted altogether. Preferences by affluent and well-connected people favor people like themselves, generally representing an "old boy network" that perpetuates a lack of diversity and fairness.
By voting Yes on Proposition 16, we can start to change systems that foster racial and gender inequality.
Here's what you need to know about why you should support Proposition 16:
Prop 16 is our chance to fight racial and gender discrimination. That's why we should all vote YES and be a part of the movement for equality.
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