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Colorblind Society Starts With Prop. 54

September 20, 2003

As long as we view ourselves and others through the lens of our skin color we will continue to suffer from the balkanization of our society along lines of color, race, ethnicity. Proposition 54 would not undermine any of the issues your Sept. 15 editorial describes. Medical research is specifically exempted. The proposition does not prohibit local law enforcement from tracking traffic stops or other activities. Anything that would affect federal funding is specifically exempted, as well.

The majority of groups that oppose this proposition make their living off the concept of racial "diversity." Why can they not accept that services should be made available based on economic condition rather than color? You would get the same results without the negative polarization of race or ethnicity.

William Scott Padgett

Los Angeles

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