Ward Connerly, 81, is a black Louisiana native who’s spent the previous quarter-century campaigning in opposition to racial preferences.
Wenyuan Wu, 33, is a Chinese language immigrant who has just lately develop into an activist against anti-Asian discrimination in larger training. They joined forces this June.
He’s the grizzled mentor who says he acquired out of his “rocking chair” to defend “the American creed.” She, his protegee, is outspoken about freedom within the traditional American approach, but deferential to the older man in a fashion that’s unmistakably Asian. She refers to him as “Mr. Connerly” all through the interview, which is completed on Zoom—Ms. Wu talking from rural Georgia, the place she lives as a result of “the price of residing is low”; Mr. Connerly from an workplace close to California’s capital, Sacramento.
The pair led the staff that vanquished California’s progressive elite on Nov. 3, when Proposition 16—a poll referendum that may have reinstated racial preferences by state and native authorities companies, together with universities—was defeated, 57% to 43%, in response to the most recent rely. Mr. Connerly is president and Ms. Wu govt director of Californians for Equal Rights, identified broadly as No on 16, the principal committee organized in opposition to the poll measure. “Mr. Connerly is captain of the staff,” she says impishly. “I’m the enforcer.”
The end result ought to be “chastening for the left and the race activists,” Mr. Connerly says. Joe Biden carried California practically 2 to 1 over President Trump. Which means at the very least 3.5 million Biden voters forged ballots in opposition to the racial-preference modification, which Democratic lawmakers placed on the poll and Mr. Biden’s operating mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, endorsed.