Vincent Pan, the co-executive director of Chinatown-based Chinese for Affirmative Action, said that repealing the state’s ban on affirmative action will help advance people of color.
“This is a movement proposition,” Pan said. “This isn’t just some technical water bond where you have to explain the details. This is about us.”
But Pan pointed out that there is “a lot of opposition even in our own communities,” mentioning “very, very loud conservative Chinese voices” and Ward Connerly, a Black former regent of the University of California who was a major voice behind Prop 209 and who is returning to the spotlight to fight Prop 16.