California considers bill to prioritize black license applicants

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A bill under consideration in California would amend the state's Business and Professional Code to mandate that licensing boards prioritize black applicants, particularly those who are descendants of slaves. "Proponents see it as a necessary measure to accelerate the pace of change, highlighting the systemic hurdles that have kept African Americans from achieving professional parity for centuries. Critics argue that preferential treatment in professional licensing could lead to unintended consequences, including resentment and further divisions within communities."

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