"SACRAMENTO — When the state Senate took up the issue of affirmative action in late January, it was a relatively tepid affair.
After 20 minutes of polite debate, senators passed a measure that, if approved by voters, would overturn California's ban on affirmative action in public higher education.
But within weeks, the debate turned fractious. Backlash arose among some Asian Americans who feared their children could lose access to the state's universities if more places were granted to students from other minority groups.
The measure is now shelved, derailed by the sudden opposition and the majority Democrats' slow-footed defense of it."