California Proposition 54
Ward Connerly's deceptively titled "Racial Privacy Initiative" or CRECNO (Classification by Race, Ethnicity, Color or National Origin) Initiative" has been placed on the 10/7/03 special election ballot for the Gray Davis recall. This is actually an anti-democratic Information Ban initiative, one that would forbid public agencies to collect information about the race or ethnicity of Californians for almost any purpose -- & which would thereby sabotage law enforcement reforms, vital public health programs, schools accountability & civil rights enforcement. Before you vote, be sure to consider both sides carefully, & take a look at who is supporting the measure & who opposes it!
New Book Challenges Call for Color-Blind Society. Jennifer McNulty, UCSC Currents (9/15/03). Review of Michael K. Brown & David Wellman, Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Colorblind Society.
The Last Word. Woody West, Insight on the News (8/4/03). For a glimpse at some Republican arguments in favor of this measure.
Ballot Measure Name Dispute. Katherine Corcoran, San Jose Mercury News (7/27/03).
Regents Publicly Denounce CRECNO. Thomas Neeley, University of California San Diego Guardian (5/22/03). Connerly is a member of the UC Board of Regents, & was successful in putting across his anti-affirmative action measure there a few years back. This time the vote was 15 to 3 against his proposal.
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Coalition for an Informed California. See "Articles" for links to critical press coverage.
Defeat 54. The "no on 54" campaign.
Racial Privacy. The "yes on 54" campaign.
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Brown, Michael K.; Martin Carnoy, Elliott Currie, Troy Duster, David B. Oppenheimer, Marjorie M. Shultz & David Wellman. Whitewashing Race : The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (Berkeley: U. California, 2003).
In the Library: Fiction