Description - The Color Bind by Lydia Chavez
This volume tells the story of how Glynn Custred and Thomas Wood, two unknown academics, decided to write Proposition 209 in 1992 and thereby set in motion a series of events, far beyond their control, destined to transform the legal, political and everyday meaning of civil rights for the next generation. Going behind the mass media coverage of the initiative, Chavez narrates the complex underlying motivations and manoeuvring of the people, organizations and political parties involved in teh campaign to end affirmative action in California. The role of University of California regent Ward Connerly in the campaign - one largely assigned to public relations - is put into perspective. In the course of the book the author also provides a journalistic account of the workings of the initiative process. Chavez recreates the post-election climate of 1994, when the California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) appeared to be the right-time, right-place vehicle for Governor Pete Wilson and other Republican presidential propspects. President Clinton and the state Democratic Party thought the CCRI would splinter the party and jeopardize the upcoming presidential election.
The Republicans, who saw
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Author Biography - Lydia Chavez
Lydia Chavez is Associate Professor at the School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.