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WARD CONNERLY first burst onto the American scene 1995 as the University of California Regent who had forced the largest public university in the country to become color-blind in its admissions policies. Some saw Connerly, a successful businessman, as bringing Martin Luther King Jr’s dream a step closer to reality, while Jesse Jackson and others accused him of “race treason.” Ignoring the withering attacks against him, Connerly led the 1996 campaign to pass California’s Proposition 209. In 1998, he spearheaded a similar successful anti-discrimination measure in Washington.
Fiercely committed to the ideal of a color-blind America, Ward Connerly has successfully campaigned to ban racial preferences in state institutions in California, Washington and Michigan. Yet, in Lessons from Uncle James, Connerly argues that even after we move beyond the color of our skin, we must still address the content of our character.
Since 1995, when Connerly first burst onto the American scene as the University of California Regent who forced the nation’s largest public university to become color blind in its admissions policies, Connerly has led a national campaign to end race preference.