Jennifer Gratz, a well-known crusader against the use of affirmative action in college admissions, says a list of demands released this week by a group of black students at the University of Michigan is unconstitutional.
Gratz's comments echoed even harsher criticisms unleashed on social media against the Black Student Union. The backlash came after the group demanded Monday that the university enroll more black students and make other changes at the Ann Arbor school.
The Black Student Union says the requests are aimed at making black students feel more empowered and welcome on campus. But they've also sparked controversy.
"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."
The students' demands come as diversity at the school has been in the spotlight over the last several months. Enrollment of black students has been declining, and school officials recently announced steps to boost diversity and increase black enrollment.
Members of the BSU announced seven demands Monday outside a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at Hill Auditorium. They include an increased budget for the group, the renovation and relocation of a multicultural center and emergency scholarships for black students.