The result could also be because of the abundant misinformation concerning affirmative action, said Julie J.
Changes ahead for race-conscious policiesCalifornia voters’ rebuff of affirmative action policies signals that nationwide scrutiny of them will likely persist.
Affirmative action has also been subject to recent legal challenges, buoyed by the Trump administration’s interest in ending it.
Legal observers predict that with the addition of justice Amy Coney Barrett, its newly cemented conservative majority could strike down affirmative action.
“In many ways, the civil rights community lost the public debate about affirmative action years ago, once it was labeled as reverse discrimination,” Goode said.