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Week of 8.29.08

Attacking Affirmative Action

With Barack Obama officially nominated as the Democrat's Presidential nominee, is it time to re-think affirmative action?

This week, NOW on PBS looks at some state ballot measures that would eliminate race or gender considerations in public hiring, contracting and education programs. The controversial initiatives are being spearheaded by Ward Connerly, a long-time affirmative action opponent who some are accusing of ballot fraud.

"I think that in some quarters, many parts of the country, a white male is really disadvantaged," Connerly, who considers himself multi-racial, tells NOW. "Because we have developed this notion of women and minorities being so disadvantaged and we have to help them, that we have, in many cases, twisted the thing so that it's no longer a case of equal opportunity. It's a case of putting a fist on the scale."

Related Links

American Civil Rights Institute: Ward Connerly

Ballot Initiative Strategy Center

Discrimination Research Center: Free to Compete - Measuring the Impact of Prop 209 on Minority Business Enterprises (pdf)

Stop Ballot Fraud: Ward Connerly

African American Policy Forum: 13 Myths About Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action in the News

The Associated Press: McCain backs ban on affirmative action in Arizona

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Huffington Post: Affirmative Action Ban Likely To Be Stripped From Arizona Ballot, Opponents Say

The New York Times: Colorado Petition Draws Charges of Deception

USA Today: Might Obama's success undercut affirmative action?

USA Today: Affirmative-action ban on 2 state ballots