In 1995 Connerly campaigned for Proposition 209, which would make it illegal for the state of California to discriminate on the basis of race, intending to end the stateâs affirmative action programs. The proposition passed. Since then, Connerly, having won passage of such measures in Washington State and Michigan, has continued the fight. In discussing the battle to end racial preferences, Connerly notes that âthe establishment is always at odds with the people on issues involving race.â Martin Luther King, says Connerly, would likely have supported affirmative action back in the 1960s, but were he alive today, heâd say, âWeâre beyond that now.â Would a President Obama agree? Connerly weighs in.