TO THE EDITOR:
In February of 2017, University of Michigan students demanded a non-whites only, segregated space to organize social justice efforts.
Although this safe space was sought by the student activist group Students4Justice in order to allow people of color to execute community organizing, their plea is the epitome of reverse racism and resurrects the idea of segregation, given that these non-white students wish to exclude other individuals based on skin color.
In 1954, America’s Civil Rights Movement was sparked by the unanimous decision to overthrow Plessy v. Ferguson in the infamous case known as Brown v. Board of Education. The “Brown” Decision concluded that “separate but equal” was intolerable and outlawed segregated educational facilities for whites and blacks.
Virtually all non-whites pushed for the termination of segregation, given that they were the ones affected. Yet, non-whites at the University of Michigan are now reversing this historical precedent, as their proposal is precisely what their ancestors fought to end. How could whites at the University of Michigan be treated equally if they were excluded from specific areas on campus?