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The amendment’s main goal is to revoke Proposition 209, which was approved by voters in 1996.

(In fact, U.S. Supreme Court decisions before and after Proposition 209 ban such quotas but otherwise allow race to be a factor in college admissions.)

Still, African American students reached about 5% of UC’s enrollment before 1996, dipped to 3% in some years after and have not gotten above 4% since.

Opponents of its repeal say an end to race blind admissions will mean that universities will try to match state population ratios, even if they don’t admit it.

They relied on that excuse for too many years,” said Harper, an education and business professor who strongly supports a return of affirmative action.

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