Color-Blind California?

What does measuring black women's breast-cancer rates and Latino children's reading scores have to do with the chaotic California recall election? A lot, because of an initiative called Proposition 54, which will also appear on the crowded Oct. 7 ballot. The so-called Racial Privacy Initiative would prevent state and local governments from collecting data on Californians' race or ethnicity. The measure's author, affirmative-action foe and University of California regent Ward Connerly, calls it an effort to move the nation's most diverse state "beyond race--to stop living on the hyphen."

Many have speculated on how Prop 54's presence on the ballot could...

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