Affirmative action isn’t preferential treatment — it’s equality.

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The title of Conor Friedersdorf’s recent article in The Atlantic, in which he refers to affirmative action as “racial preferences,”¹ makes his position on California’s Proposition 16 clear. In case the reader needs additional evidence, his first sentence frames the fight over Prop 16 as a dispute between whether the government should be “race neutral, treating all individuals equally under the law” or “race conscious, granting preferential treatment to certain groups while discriminating against others.” But “race neutrality” does not exist, at least not in the world we live in.

Katie Martin-Browne

Educator & recovering attorney. Driven by the unrealized promise of American ideals. Friends, waffles, work.

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