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Keep Discrimination Illegal

“The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin, in the operation of public employment, public education, and public contracting.”

– The California Civil Rights Initiative
(1996 Proposition 209)

Prop 16 repeals this part of the state Constitution. Vote no.

The history of Proposition 16


Ward Connerly was born in 1939 in segregated Louisiana. After a career in business and as a UC Regent, in 1996, he fought to pass the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209). Modeled after the 1965 Civil Rights Act, it promoted a race-neutral society. One where the government could not treat people differently on race.

Prop 16 will REMOVE the following from California Constitution:” The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public jobs, schools, and contracting.” Nov 3rd 2020, vote NO on Prop 16! Don’t divide us!

“California is not a racist state. It’s not controlled by white supremacists. But we are on the verge of being controlled by color politics and I think that’s going to forever damage the state.”

Only by treating everyone equally can a state as brilliantly diverse as California be fair to everyone.

  • Repeal would be a step backward
  • Help those who really need it
  • Give taxpayers a break
  • Equal rights are fundamental

“Proposition 16, a giant step backward, would hurt the very students we want to help”

My father was a Jamaican immigrant, but I was raised in poverty by my single mother. My husband is Mexican/Puerto Rican: we are proudly multiracial. An honors multi-degreed University of California graduate, I tutored black students in Compton; now I help Latinos enter UC on MERIT (like I did), NOT quotas! Proposition 16, a giant step backward, would hurt the very students we want to help. There is no need to lower standards! I love teaching, but Proposition 16 would totally disrupt K–12.

Kali Fontanilla, Public School Teacher

“Prop 16 is a scam. We certainly don’t need to favor one race over another.”

I’m a black man, civil rights attorney for 30 years, lifelong Democrat, now independent. Proposition 16 is a scam to use government money to benefit politically connected HIGH-BID contractors who are supposedly ‘minority’ or who hire a so-called ‘minority’ as window dressing. Taxpayers get shafted. Also, we certainly don’t need to favor one race over another in government jobs, promotions, or layoffs. And for education, let’s help those who need it, regardless of race!

Leo Terrell, Civil Rights Lawyer

“We were strictly merit-based. That’s how it should stay.”

This proposition will allow California’s public universities to keep students out because of their race, in order to help students of another race get in. That’s currently illegal. Berkeley’s business school was rated among the best for recruiting minority graduates, and we did it without using race. We also gave no favoritism to children of donors, alums, or politicians. We were strictly merit-based. That’s how it should stay. (I’m neither a Democrat nor a Republican.)

Tom Campbell, Former Dean, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley

Equal Opportunity for All

Don’t repeal the California Civil Rights Initiative! It’s brought us:


3x

Increase in Black and Hispanic students admitted to UCs since 1994

78%

increase in under-represented minority graduation rate in UCs

$1B

saved in state transportation contracting

1/13

Banned admissions policy where Japanese American students were 1/13th as likely to be admitted to UC Davis Medical School as some other ethnic groups

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