Knights Party Staff
Jennifer Gratz, is well known to those across the nation who work to give non-whites preferential treatment. She’s against it. Gratz made comments about the Michigan Statue Black Student Union’s demands that more non-whites be admitted to the college.
“They want special treatment and separate treatment based on their race,” Gratz told the Free Press. “That’s something that the civil rights movement has fought against for decades.”
“I don’t think the university should engage with groups that threaten and put superficial deadlines on activity and ask the university to take unconstitutional action,” Gratz said.
More than a decade ago, Gratz successfully fought against the use of an affirmative action point system in the undergraduate admissions process at the school after being denied admission. Qualified white students were refused in order to make room for blacks and others who were given extra points based on race.
Gratz was the lead plaintiff in the landmark case Gratz v. Bollinger which challenged affirmative action at the University of Michigan . On June 23, 2003 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Gratz was discriminated against and U-M’s admission policy was unconstitutional.
However, in a companion case decided the same day (Grutter v. Bollinger), the Supreme Court allowed race preferences to continue at U-M’s law school. It did throw out the undergraduate admissions system that awarded extra points to African-American, Hispanic and American Indian students. Gratz called the split decision flawed and continued the fight for equality in her home state.
She spearheaded the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI), a state constitutional amendment that made race and gender preferences unconstitutional in public education , employment and contracting.
In Nov 2006 Michigan voters approved MCRI by a 16 – point landslide.
The court plans to revisit the case this year and there is the possibility they will overturn the wishes of the voters.