Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Turley: After Cancel Culture Came For Justice Thomas At George Washington, He Stepped Aside; Harvard Welcomes Justice Breyer With No Protests

Following up on my previous posts:

Jonathan Turley (George Washington), Cancel Culture Came for Clarence Thomas at George Washington Law. Now, He's Stepped Aside.:

After 11 years, students at George Washington University Law School will register for courses this fall with one notable difference: They will no longer be able to take a seminar with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The removal of Justice Thomas from the list of lecturers followed a cancel campaign that demanded the university ban him from classrooms. At 74, and looking at an upcoming term of major decisions, Thomas hardly needs the aggravation of such protests. However, his departure (even if temporary) is a great loss to students, the law school and free speech. ...

While the university refused to terminate Thomas, the campaign continued and protests were expected in the fall. Now many are celebrating the departure as a triumph, but it is only the latest example of how dissenting viewpoints are being systematically eliminated in higher education.

Indeed, the contrast could not be greater as recently retired Justice Stephen Breyer has been welcomed on the Harvard Law faculty. No protests. No cancel campaign over his liberal decisions.

A new survey report, conducted by The Harvard Crimson, revealed that 82.46% of faculty surveyed identify as “liberal” or “very liberal.” Only 16.08% identified as “moderate” and a mere 1.46% identified as “conservative.” Not a single faculty member identified as “very conservative,” but the number of faculty identified as "very liberal" increased by nearly 8% in just one year. ...

It is not certain that the cancel campaign prompted the decision of Justice Thomas, but the prospect of protests planned for the fall could not have helped in his decision-making. What is clear is that his departure is likely to fuel additional efforts to isolate and stigmatize those with opposing views.

GW Hatchet, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Won’t Teach GW Law Seminar:

Gregory Maggs, who has co-taught the course with Thomas since 2011, stated in an email addressed to the class that Thomas is “unavailable” to co-teach the course in the fall, and Thomas is no longer listed as a lecturer on GW Law’s course list. Thomas’ withdrawal from the course comes a month after more than 11,000 community members signed a petition demanding his removal from GW, but officials declined to remove him from his role after he voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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