Ward Connerly, driving force behind Prop 209, helping to sell cupcakes

Ward Connerly, a driving force behind Proposition 209, in Sproul Plaza Wednesday. - Jan Flatley-Feldman/Staff

Ward Connerly, former UC Regent and the driving force behind Proposition 209, has come to Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley to help the Berkeley College Republicans sell cupcakes at their “Increase Diversity Bake Sale.”

Proposition 209, approved by California voters in 1996, effectively eliminated affirmative action. The proposition banned the state’s public institutions from considering race, ethnicity or sex.

“This bake sale is racist,” he said. “It’s the only way to call attention to the problem of (considering race in admissions).”


Jordan Bach-Lombardo is the university news editor.