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E. Thomas McClanahan: Preferential Racial Policies Fading

June 14th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

K.C. Star editorial board member speaks out on affirmative action and the potential November ’08 ballot initiative


By E. Thomas McClanahan

Eleven years ago, California voters approved a ballot issue banning racial preference by state government. Now a campaign for a similar measure has begun in Missouri, Colorado, Arizona and Oklahoma.

What’s interesting about this new effort, announced last week, is the ho-hum reaction it generated. The story drew only dutiful coverage and any buzz was brief — a far cry from the sparks that flew during the original campaign in California.

It’s as if the nation is following an unspoken consensus, a tacit agreement that the time has come to roll back affirmative action to some still-unspecified extent, very slowly. Read more…

Related:

St. Louis American:

“Affirmative and negative”

“We must ward off Connerly in Missouri”

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