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University of California Regents Abolish Affirmative Action

In 1995, the Regents of the University of California abolished affirmative action in student admissions. The regental action was later followed by Proposition 209 which abolished affirmative action at all state and local entities in California (including the University. Regent Ward Connerly, who appears briefly in this clip, was the major figure behind the regental action and Prop 209. The action was also a major goal of Governor Pete Wilson. When Prop 209 was adopted by voters, the regental policy became redundant and was revoked as a kind of symbolic gesture. State and local entities in California - including the University - remain subject to federal affirmative action rules regarding hiring.
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