Yale Law School places ideological conformity above racial diversity
Contrary to the famous axiom, Yale Law School isn’t even right as often as a broken clock. They’re not right twice a day, or twice a month, or twice a year. Over the years, YLS administrators have stepped on more rakes than a blind Home Depot employee.
You might remember the ‘trap house’ mess a few weeks ago, when Yale’s diversity administrators actually threatened a half-Native American college student for using a popular term in rap music. in a party invitation.
Regardless, the law school reasoned – a student of color was offended, so Trent Colbert – a sophomore law student halfway through the Cherokee lineage – was dragged to a diversity panel and invited. to be explained. Colbert learned that other students complained about his invitation to the party, saying they were “triggered” by his affiliation with the conservative Federalist Society and arguing that his reference to fried chicken was racist. (Turns out there’s a Popeye right next to his house, which should inspire a new saying – “never attribute racism to what can be explained by standard laziness.”)
And, of course, Associate Dean of Student Affairs Ellen Cosgrove emailed the entire sophomore class at Yale Law to “condemn… in the strongest possible terms” the alleged “derogatory and racist language. In the invitation to the party.
“I’m concerned that this is taking its toll on your reputation as a person,” Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Yaseen Eldik told Colbert at a meeting, threatening problems at the future if the student does not apologize. “Not just here, but when you go. You know the legal community is small.
The trap house case exploded in the school’s face, as conservative and liberal teachers and alumni criticized the school for its handling of Colbert’s email.
But school was not over.
This week, two anonymous students of color sued three Yale Law School administrators for allegedly threatening to harm their future employment prospects unless they agree to lie about a particularly problematic professor.
Amy Chua, a law professor known for helping students secure top-notch judicial internships, has long been the target of law school administration due to her conservative politics and popularity with students. (See an exclusive Fix College interview with Chua explaining his difficulties here.)
Students sue Dean Heather Gerken, law school associate Dean Ellen Cosgrove and Eldik – all three of whom were in the charges against Colbert – for attempting to “deprive two students of color of employment opportunities in retaliation for refusing to lie to support the University’s investigation of a professor of color.
The students – a black woman and an Asian American man – allege that Gerken approached a prestigious law school professor and advised him against hiring either as “Coker Fellows,” who are prestigious teaching assistant positions that often lead to federal internships and other lucrative careers. Opportunities.
It was a “file” of information that the administration was using in an attempt to damage Chua’s reputation. Among the charges brought inside were that Chua had organized parties in violation of a previous agreement with the school not to do so, and that Chua had a federal judge at his home in violation of COVID lockdown rules. -19.
The plaintiffs, however, claim the record was not true and refused to validate it. The students say they faced racial discrimination at school, and instead of discussing it with Chua on Zoom, they went to her home for face-to-face counseling. No “parties”, no federal judges.
Nonetheless, the file portrays the plaintiffs (“Jane and John Doe”) as liars and they say they were repeatedly coaxed into lying about Chua’s activities. (The fix first noted this undue pressure in July.)
Despite Jane and John repeatedly denying the claims in the case, Cosgrove and Eldik pressured Jane and John to make such a statement, even calling them daily for a week in April 2021, insisting on the fact that Jane and John had a “moral” obligation “on” future generations of students “to make false statements against Chua,” the lawsuit says.
As they did with Colbert, the administrators threatened to lose future job opportunities if the students did not play ball.
“Eldik told Jane that the case would probably end up in ‘all the chambers of the judges’,” after [her] even after [she] graduates “, sabotaging in fact any hope that she obtains an internship, that she applies now or in the future”, indicates the lawsuit.
The students are asking for $ 75,000 each in compensatory damages and at least $ 75,000 in punitive damages – two very small amounts for a federal lawsuit, according to some experts.
In both cases, the school has shown far more interest in protecting the institution and its ideology than any concern for racial diversity. It appears to the school that “racial diversity” is just a stick that it can use to wipe conservative thinking out of its halls.
“Their aim is not to make universities more inclusive, but rather to wield the threat of exclusion against disadvantaged groups,” said Washington’s free beacon, which originally reported Colbert’s story.
Indeed, in both Colbert and Chua cases, the school reoriented its diversity staff to attack minority students and faculty in the name of racial equity. Support for students of color seems to hinge on their ideological bent – and if they run counter to the school’s virulent progressive agenda, they can expect diversity staff to actively harm their prospects. ‘to come up.
And even a broken clock can tell you it’s high time to change the direction of Yale Law School.
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