Georgetown University law students are having a meltdown about criticism of President Biden saying he will nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court.
Ilya Shapiro, who was hired last month as the executive director for the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, was placed on leave as a senior lecturer after sending out now-deleted tweets on Jan. 26, Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor announced Monday.
“Objectively best pick for Biden is Sri Srinivasan, who is solid prog & v smart. Even has identity politics benefit of being first Asian (Indian) American. But alas doesn’t fit into the latest intersectionality hierarchy so we’ll get lesser black woman. Thank heaven for small favors?” Shapiro tweeted. “Because Biden said he’s only consider[ing] black women for SCOTUS, his nominee will always have an asterisk attached. Fitting that the Court takes up affirmative action next term.”According to The College Fix, students of Georgetown protested in the form of a sit-in and demanded Shapiro be fired.
The Georgetown University Law Center Black Law Students Association demanded Shapiro be fired, but some students took it even further.
National Review reported that a student demanded that there be a place students could go to cry and break down.
“Is there an office they can go to?” the student asked. “I don’t know what it would look like, but if they want to cry, if they need to break down, where can they go? Because we’re at a point where students are coming out of class to go to the bathroom to cry.”
Dean William Treanor said in a statement that Shapiro’s tweet violated Georgetown’s “professional conduct, non-discrimination and anti-harassment” policies.
Shapiro did have some people come for his defense. There was a faculty letter in support of Shapiro published by FIRE that said “academic freedom protects Shapiro’s views, regardless of whether we agree with them or not.”