Penn Law Professor Amy Wax has been charged with spreading hate facts. Few modern crimes are more detestable to our elites, which is why a swift and predictable reaction against Wax has begun.
In August 2017 Wax published an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer in which she spoke forbidden truths. Many of our culture’s “maladies” are caused by “the breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture,” she said. We could “significantly reduce society’s pathologies” if we embraced traditional values.
Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.
These hateful words were noticed at Penn, which forced a spokesperson to issue a statement. “The views expressed in the article are those of the individual authors. They are not a statement of Penn Law’s values or institutional policies.”
The spokesperson did not say what Penn Law’s values were.
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Wax might have got away with her crime if she had stopped there. She did not. She went on to hate-notice that with respect to immigration “Everyone wants to go to countries ruled by white Europeans.”
The Black Law Student Association sprang into action. They discovered an interview in which Wax said
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a black student graduate in the top quarter of the [Penn Law School] class and rarely, rarely in the top half,” Wax said of her belief of the downside of affirmative action in universities. “I can think of one or two students who’ve graduated in the top half of my required first year course.”
“Outrage”, that ubiquitous emotion, was the reaction. A petition said Wax’s figures were “false and deeply offensive.”
Wax’s serial hate facts were obvious to even the meanest intelligence, which included the intelligence of Ted Ruger, the Dean of the Law School. He decided punishment was in order. He charged that Wax “transgress[ed] the policy that student grades are confidential” and that Wax used “her access to those Penn Law students who are required to be in her class to further her scholarly ends without students’ permission.”
Ruger then forbade Wax from teaching her first-year course.
Wax did not reveal any student’s grade, nor did she use her access without permission to “further her scholarly ends”. No official figures to rebut Wax’s claim were then or ever produced. But hate facts are hate facts and their use cannot go unpunished lest others are encouraged to speak them.
Ruger probably hoped his punitive acts would silence Wax. He was wrong.
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