Houston Citizens to Vote on Affirmative Action Ban

On Nov. 4, Houston voters will decide whether or not to abolish the city’s affirmative action plan. California citizens voted to ban state affirmation action programs last year.

An Oct. 2 poll said that only 29% of voters want to ban the program. The 13-year-old program states that 20% of city contracts must go to women and people of color. Last year, only 21% of city contracts went to women- or minority-owned businesses, despite the fact that African-Americans and Hispanics make up 39% of Houston’s population. Lenoria Walker, who runs the program, said “Everybody’s eyes are on Houston. If Houston is overtaken, then that will be a trend for the rest of the state to do the same thing.”


AP - October 23, 1997

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