California Ballot Breakdown

A Brief History of Prop 16

California is one of only ten states that ban affirmative action. Voters put the ban in our constitution during an era when Republicans started turning to anti-immigrant and anti-affirmative action policies as wedge issues that could split some white voters away from the Democratic party. Our elections reporter Ariel Boone produced this brief history of how we got where we are today, and how the arguments over affirmative action have stood the test of time.

Music credits:

 “T Shirt Weather” by Podington Bear, used under CC BY-NC 3.0 US

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