The dean of Pennsylvania’s Law School on Wednesday issued a statement strongly rebuking controversial remarks on race and immigration made by one of the school’s law professors, Inside Higher Ed reports.
“At best, the reported remarks espouse a bigoted theory of white cultural and ethnic supremacy; at worst, they are racist,” Ted Ruger said of Amy Wax’s comments advocating for an immigration policy that would favor immigrants from Western countries over non-Western ones – “[I]n effect … taking the position that our country will be better off with more whites and fewer nonwhites.”
“Under any framing, such views are repugnant to the core values and institutional practices of both Penn Law” and Penn, he added.
Wax also said she did not believe her comment was racist because her view is “grounded firmly in cultural concerns – doesn’t rely on race at all.”
Wax made the statements at the National Conservativism conference in Washington.
Vox first reported on them.
More than 1,000 people affiliated with Penn have signed a petition for Wax to be removed from her teaching responsibilities.
Wax has previously attracted criticism for related statements. In a 2017 op-ed she wrote that “all cultures are not equal,” despite the modern “obsession with race,” for instance.
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