Paul L. Caron

Monday, July 13, 2020

Black Students Demand ‘Institutional Change’ At George Washington Law School

GW Hatchet, Black Law Students Launch Petition For ‘Institutional Change’ at Law School:

George Washington Law Logo (2020)The Black Law Students Association launched a petition Tuesday calling for “institutional change” related to diversity, equality and inclusion at GW Law.

The petition includes demands to make changes to the curriculum, increase diversity in academic journals, law clinics, faculty and students and make Juneteenth a holiday on the school’s academic calendar. The petition, which is encouraging all law students at GW to sign in favor of “immediate” change, has garnered more than 800 signatures as of Monday.

The petition calls for officials to update parts of the curriculum by increasing the number of courses offered on the role that race plays in the law. It also requests that officials create a percentage of slots reserved for Black students in a class taught by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, which is typically filled by lottery.

“As Black law students, at a predominately White institution, our legal, educational and professional experience is discriminately flawed,” the petition states.

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Evidently, nobody these days wants to start their own institutions and staff them according to their preferred racial demographics.

Posted by: MM | Jul 14, 2020 7:35:20 PM

@Mike Livingston

“But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.” Numbers 33:55

Posted by: Anon | Jul 14, 2020 8:56:48 AM

I’m sympathetic, but does a 10 percent minority really have the right to “demand” institutional change? What happens to the 30 percent of the country that are neither White nor Black? It isn’t 1965.

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Jul 14, 2020 2:56:30 AM

I gotta say: I was surprised they were interested in taking a class with Justice Thomas. Pleasantly surprised.

(The proposal - a quota - is wrong, but an online version of the class might make sense?)

Posted by: Anon | Jul 14, 2020 12:10:27 AM