University of Pennsylvania professor’s ‘hate rhetoric’ prompts students to demand accountability

PHILADELPHIA — Students at the University of Pennsylvania’s Carey Law School are seeking the suspension of a law professor who they say has repeatedly expressed racist beliefs about black and Asian populations.

“As descendants of enslaved ancestors, immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and people with multiple identities among these, we reject Amy Wax’s hateful rhetoric that we, in our communities, are dangerous, inferior, do not belong, have made fewer contributions, and are inherently less able to use law because of our skin color or heritage,” their statement read.

On Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Today” earlier this month, Wax opened up about his views against people who criticize racism in America.

“There’s just a huge amount of resentment and shame from non-Western people against Western people for Western people’s outsized achievements and contributions,” she said.

Later on the show, Wax disparaged American Indians who are critical of the United States: “They’re rising through the ranks, they’re getting the best education, we’re giving them every opportunity, and they’re turning around and leading the charge on ‘we are racists, we’. I’m an awful country”… On some level, their country is an asshole.”

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Students from the National Black Law Students Association, the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and the North American South Asian Law Students Association issued a joint letter calling for accountability on Wednesday.

“Few understand how much more burdensome law school is for students who continually receive the message that they are ‘less than’ or don’t belong,” the joint letter read. “Penn Law must do more to protect these law students and reject Wax’s hateful rhetoric.”

The students demand that the school suspend Wax while it investigates his employment and conduct in accordance with conduct and grading policies.

They also demand that the school be transparent about its tenure requirements and behavioral conduct procedures, as well as provide alternate teachers to teach Wax classes.

Wax declined ABC News’ request for comment on the calls for suspension and criticism.

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Wax has made many controversial comments in the past.

At a 2017 lecture, she said “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a black student graduate in the top quarter of a class (from Penn Law) and rarely, rarely in the top half,” which the dean of the school has debunked, according to the joint letter.

The university at the time barred Wax from teaching required courses and only assigned her to electives, the letter said.

In 2019, Wax said the United States would be “better off with more whites and fewer non-whites” at a conference in Washington, D.C., according to a statement by Theodore Ruger, the dean of the law school, denouncing the comments.

“I write now to highlight how the substantive opinions attributed to Professor Wax fundamentally contravene our institutional values ​​and policies,” Ruger said.

He said: “At best, the reported remarks espouse a bigoted theory of white cultural and ethnic supremacy; at worst, they are racist. Regardless of the setting, such views are contrary to Penn’s core values ​​and institutional practices. Law and the University of Pennsylvania.”

In December 2021, on Professor Glenn Loury’s “The Glenn Show” of Brown University, Wax said, “As long as most Asians support the Democrats and help advance their positions, I think the United States is better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration.”

The Dean again denounced Wax’s comments and began the University’s Faculty Senate’s ongoing investigation into his conduct.

“Once again, Amy Wax has, through her deeply anti-intellectual and racist comments denigrating Asian immigrants, underscored a fundamental tension around harmful speech in American universities,” Ruger said.

In a statement to ABC News, Carey Law School at the University of Pennsylvania said it had “clarified that Professor Wax’s views do not reflect our values ​​or practices.”

“At this time, as required by the university handbook, and to preserve the integrity of the process, we will not make any public statements until the proceedings are complete,” the university said.

Students have long demanded consequences against Wax and have expressed disappointment with the university’s inaction in the past.

“I think the university should suspend her from all teaching duties,” Apratim Vidyarthi, a third-year law student, told ABC News in January. “She should not be allowed to come to campus, she should not be allowed to interact with students while this investigation is ongoing.”

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