I believe that if the goal is to offer opportunities and help disadvantaged students then it should help all disadvantaged students, not just one particular race.
"Roger Clegg" is the President and General Counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Prior to joining the CEO Clegg served in a variety of capacities within both the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, including a position as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in both adminsistrations, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Associate Deputy Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy. He is a graduate of Rice University and Yale University.More Roger Clegg on Wikipedia.
The fact is that no student should be told that he or she is barred from participating in a program simply because of their racial ethnicity. Our position has always been that this is illegal.
Fellowships at Southern Illinois were not just preferential, they were racially exclusive. Students were not even considered unless they belonged to the correct racial and ethnic groups. Students should be treated as individuals, not as members of racial groups.
Our concern is that the law be followed and that nobody be denied participation in a program on account of skin color or what country their ancestors came from.
We don't think that any student should be denied participation in any educational program because of race or ethnicity.