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State Question 759: Does Oklahoma Still Need Affirmative Action?

Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

State Sen. Rob Johnson (R-Kingfisher) was one of the authors of the resolution that led to State Question 759.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an affirmative action case that deals with the ability of the University of Texas to consider race when admitting students.

Oklahoma is in an affirmative action battle of its own, but this one will be decided by voters when they weigh in on State Question 759. A ‘yes’ vote would mean the state would be disallowed from taking race into account when making hiring decisions and negotiating contracts, for example.

The initiative has sparked a debate over the fundamental fairness of the practice and whether discrimination is still a major problem in Oklahoma.

But opponents worry that the unintended consequences of 759′s passage could include making college more difficult for minority students to afford.

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