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  •  you can call it being footsoldiers (1+ / 0-)
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    or you can call it a hard-won lesson on the importance of solidarity as a political organizing tactic, when one is not in the demographic majority.

    and as i argued above, the post-209 reality didn't benefit everyone equally. there are a lot of working class lao and hmong kids in the valley (or viet in san jose or OC) whose experience with higher ed is vastly different from the taiwanese and chinese and indian immigrant affluent homeowners on the peninsula.

    i expect the GOP's ability to make hay on this issue to be rather limited to the existing reservoirs of support that they previously had among asian californians (anti-tax small businessmen, elderly anti-communists). i would be pretty surprised to see this shift partisan voting patterns very much over time. most voters make their decisions for a dense web of reasons, and even if a given voter buys into the GOP's anti-affirmative action rhetoric, that support will be in peril the moment the GOP starts trying to gut public spending on higher education again.

    (disclaimer: despite the pinyin handle, i'm a white californian, and speak from an essentially outside but adjacent perspective on this discussion)

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