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Our society is not colorblind

Paul Hogarth
Friday May 24, 2002

To the Editor: 


It was interesting to read your article about Ward Connerly's Racial Privacy Initiative, which he hopes to impose on California voters the way he left us with Proposition 209. This initiative would prohibit state and local governments from collecting racial and ethnic data and using this information. 

However, one government entity that would be exempt from collecting racial data is, ironically, law enforcement.  

While Ward Connerly claims that his initiative is about removing considerations based upon race and creating a “color-blind” society, it would still condone racial profiling.  

“Driving While Black” would still be a crime. 


Paul Hogarth 

Berkeley Rent 

Board Commissioner