Equality Man

Ward Connerly

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Ward Connerly is a former regent of the University of California and the founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute. He is the author most recently of Lessons from my Uncle James: Beyond Skin Color to the Content of Our Character.

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Equality Man

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Ward Connerlyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 20, 2008

In 1995 Connerly campaigned for Proposition 209, which would make it illegal for the state of California to discriminate on the basis of race, intending to end the state’s affirmative action programs. The proposition passed. Since then, Connerly, having won passage of such measures in Washington State and Michigan, has continued the fight. In discussing the battle to end racial preferences, Connerly notes that “the establishment is always at odds with the people on issues involving race.” Martin Luther King, says Connerly, would likely have supported affirmative action back in the 1960s, but were he alive today, he’d say, “We’re beyond that now.” Would a President Obama agree? Connerly weighs in. (33:19) Video transcript

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Race and the Census

with Ward Connerly, Ramona E. Douglassvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, February 22, 2002

Should the U.S. Census stop collecting racial and ethnic data? The 2000 census asked Americans to identify themselves according to 126 possible racial and ethnic categories, up from just 5 categories in 1990. Movements are now afoot to add even more racial categories to the 2010 census. Does the collection of all these data stand in the way of the creation of a truly color-blind society? Should we drop questions of race from the census and other government forms? Or are these data critical tools in the ongoing fight to end inequality and discrimination?

One Nation, Indivisible

by Ward Connerlyvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Affirmative action is a direct threat to the culture of equality that defines the character of the nation. By Ward Connerly.

Pride and Prejudice

by Ward Connerlyvia Policy Review
Saturday, April 1, 1995

Black Business Leaders Ask: Is It Time to Set Quotas Aside?