As the College Fix reports, law students at the University of Pennsylvania are calling for Professor Amy Wax to be removed from her first-year teaching role.
According to the students, aligned under the UPenn chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, "Professor Wax's statements amount to an explicit and implicit endorsement of white supremacy."
The students are upset about an op-ed Wax co-wrote last month, in which she lamented the cultural revolution and the decline of what she sees as healthy social values.
Yet reading Wax's words, it's hard to see why the students are so upset. After all, Wax's main contentions represent pretty formulaic conservative social theory. Wax worries about the impact of children born to unmarried couples, she fears the increasing use of opioids, and she laments the choice of some Americans to separate themselves from a unifying notion of patriotism. As she puts it, "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."
Cry havoc, and let slip the armies of newspeak.
According to UPenn NGL, Wax's views are abhorrent because "white supremacy and cultural elitism are used to denigrate the poor and sustain and justify the gross wealth inequality that defines American capitalism." The NLG then offers a hilarious self-contradiction, "While we do not challenge Professor Wax's right to express her views, we question whether it is appropriate for her to continue to teach a required first-year course." UPenn, they demand, must consider "the toll that this takes on students, particularly students of color and members of the LGBTQIA* community, and to consider whether it is in the best interests of the school and its students for Professor Wax to continue to teach a required first-year class."
In one final victory for irony, the students explain that "Exposure to a diversity of viewpoints is an essential and valuable part of any educational experience, but no student should have to be exposed to bigotry or abuse in the classroom."
And no law student will ever face tough moments in the court room.
Not to worry, however, because the great guild "offer ourselves as a resource for first-year students in Professor Wax's class... whether you need someone just to listen, to help you figure out how to get through the semester, or to advocate on your behalf, Penn NLG has your back."
Here's another acronym: LOL.
Still, that's just the front line of the newspeak army. Other faculty members also wrote a boring letter complaining about Wax's views. And under the banner "hate crime", another group of professors claimed they support academic diversity but not Wax's arguments, which, they said, "do not deserve our respect. They are dehumanizing, inherently racist, and ultimately irrational."
The frenzy afoot, a number of other professors reframed Wax's argument as an attack on civil rights, even though she specifically praises the legacy of Martin Luther King. According to this group, "Nostalgia for a pre-civil rights, pre-feminist golden age is just as compromised as other invocations of a glorious past, be it the Lost Cause, a City on a Hill, or any other historical myth."
Note the dripping disdain for a "City on the Hill." Here we see a hatred both for religion, the quote is derived from Matthew 5:14's reference to a community that brings inspiration to a people, and American idealism: many U.S. politicians including noted conservative, JFK, have used the term to reference American exceptionalism.
Yet again we see the activist Left's utter intolerance for alternative points of view. Instead of debate and introspection, they wallow in their intellectual cesspit.
*We shall one day look back in wonder, recalling that "LBTQIAZWOPMNDERXZ123FG+4" was once only "LBTQIA."