The University of Pennsylvania has not yet fired Amy Wax. They will, somehow, remove her from her job. (Graphic is the link.)
What I can tell you is that she is in very hot water today with vociferous students on campus and with her colleagues on the faculty. There have been demands that she shut down and ship out. In fact, the dean of her law school asked her to take a leave of absence next year and stop teaching a class to first-year students, who are presumably still very impressionable. He explained that he was under “pressure” to oust her. When she objected, he explained that he was a “pluralistic dean” who had to accommodate “all sides,” though apparently not her side.
What vile, hate-filled party line had she been spouting in the Philadelphia paper, and, by the way, should not the Philadelphia paper be held accountable for first publishing it?
Here are her two of her transgressions as repeated by her in the Wall Street Journal.
She began by cataloguing the leading ills afflicting America: “Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available. Male working-age labor-force participation is at Depression-era lows. Opioid abuse is widespread. Homicidal violence plagues inner cities. Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock, and even more are raised by single mothers. Many college students lack basic skills, and high school students rank below those from two dozen other countries.”
Then she and her colleague elucidated how America’s “behavioral norms” had changed since the staid post-World War II period through the mid-1960s. Until the mid-1960s the norms were: “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.”
Even if I disagreed, I’d never try to fire, demote or put on sabbatical someone who used their First Amendment rights boldly. There are limits: advocating criminality etc. This professor did not say anything we didn’t know. Now she’s copying off her resume. Why?
She offended someone with the truth.