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Anti-Affirmative Action

September 27, 1996
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BEFORE CONSERVATIVES SUCCEEDED IN PUTTING THE SO-CALLED CALIFORNIA CIVIL RIGHTS INITIATIVE PROPOSITION 209 ON THIS NOVEMBER’S BALLOT, ANOTHER ANTI-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION MEASURE WAS PASSED BY THE CALIFORNIA BOARD OF REGENTS. THE REGENTS ARE THE GROUP THAT SETS POLICY FOR THE STATE’S NINE-CAMPUS, 150,000 STUDENT UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. ALL OF THE REGENTS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR PETE WILSON AND HIS REPUBLICAN PREDECESSOR GEORGE DEUKMEJIAN. FACULTY AND STUDENT RESPONSE TO THE BANNING OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CRITERIA IN ADMISSIONS HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY NEGATIVE. IN ORDER TO STUDY THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION SITUATION MORE CLOSELY, TWO PROFESSORS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY HAVE BROUGHT OUT A SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE CRITICAL STUDIES JOURNAL, "REPRESENTATION." PACIFICA NATIONAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT LARRY BENSKY SPOKE THIS WEEK WITH POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR MICHAEL ROGIN AND LAW PROFESSOR ROBERT POST.


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