April 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Glenn Landstrom
Rejected UMich Applicant Challenged to Affirmative Action Debate
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jennifer Gratz is publicly challenging Brooke Kimbrough to a debate over race-based college admissions. Ms. Kimbrough is the black high school student protesting the University of Michigan’s rejection of her application by insisting her skin color should give her an advantage over other applicants. Ms. Gratz, in contrast, successfully sued the University of Michigan in 2003 for employing unconstitutional race-based acceptance criteria.
After the US Supreme Court ruled in Gratz’s favor, she spearheaded a successful state constitutional amendment in Michigan that banned public institutions from treating citizens differently based on race. Gratz now heads the XIV Foundation, which advocates for equal treatment under the law.
“Ms. Kimbrough has publicly demanded that the University should discriminate against other applicants in order to accommodate her demand for preferential treatment based on her skin color,” Gratz noted. “Her very public position contrasts with that of voters who adopted a ban on racial policies in 2006. I hope Ms. Kimbrough is willing to let Michiganders consider her position on this issue in a debate.”
Although Kimbrough is a member of her school’s championship debate team who reportedly recently won the Urban Debate National Championship Tournament in Washington, Gratz recognizes that Kimbrough is young and, therefore, is open to having a member of the organization supporting Kimbrough’s protest – By Any Mean Necessary – participate with Kimbrough in the debate.
“Citizens are confronted with two paths in our society: Kimbrough wants skin color to determine outcomes, I want race to not be a factor in jobs, contracts or public policy,” Gratz stated. “I hope Ms. Kimbrough is willing to meet in an organized and civil debate sponsored by a media organization so that citizens have the chance to hear both visions and decide for themselves what is fair and just.”
Gratz is publicly calling on Kimbrough to contact either an appropriate media outlet or contact the XIV Foundation to arrange the debate.
The XIV Foundation is dedicated to the principle that equal treatment is the essence of civil rights and that all people are entitled to civil rights.