An outspoken law professor at the University of Pennsylvania is under fire once again for her words.
Previously excoriated for saying Anglo-Protestant cultural norms are superior and removed from first-year lecture classes after saying “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a black student graduate in the top quarter of the class," Amy Wax now is being criticized for comments about Christine Blasey Ford.
Wax said Ford — who accused newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers over 35 years ago — should have kept her mouth shut.
“I think it's a stale allegation. I think it violates principles of basic fair play for her to be bringing this up. I think she should have held her tongue. If I were her, I would have,” Wax told Brown University economist Glenn Loury on his YouTube show late last month. “I think basic dignity and fairness dictates that, you know, 'It’s too late, Ms. Ford' .. even if there would have been consequences to bitching about it at the time."
Wax also said that even if Kavanaugh committed the act Ford described, he shouldn't be punished for it now.
“Even if he did it — 17 years old. We now are saying that a man is gonna pay for the rest of his life for a momentary act of, you know, recklessness ... which didn’t create any permanent harm except through this manufactured idea that this is such a horrible, traumatic thing," Wax said. "It's not a good thing. But honestly, you know, the woman is not gonna recover from that? And his whole now life is ruined.”
Here's the clip. Wax's relevant comments come just after the 51:30 mark:
What else did Wax say?
Wax — who is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at Penn — also criticized the #MeToo movement for turning women into “incredibly fragile, vulnerable creatures” and for pushing a “childish” idea of justice, the College Fix said.
The outlet added that Loury seemed to agree with Wax, describing the allegations against Kavanaugh as a “slash and burn” attack.
What happened next?
A petition titled, “This Professor Thinks Sexual Violence Victims Should Keep Their Trauma to Themselves” soon surfaced calling for Wax to resign from Penn Law. It had nearly 18,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.
“When a university allows one of their professors to excoriate victims of sexual violence all while minimizing the trauma caused by the assailant, what kind of message is that institution sending to their students?” the petition asks.
Wax told The College Fix she didn't want to comment on the petition or her status at the law school. The outlet added that neither Penn Law Dean Theodore Ruger nor Rebecca Anderson, associate director of communications, responded to multiple requests for comment.
Black Lives Matter wanted her gone, too
The leader of Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania in March called for Penn Law to fire Wax over saying she didn't know of any black student graduating in the top quarter of the class.
Ruger countered Wax's comments in an email to the campus community, saying "black students have graduated in the top of the class.”
The College Fix said the school didn't provide figures and ignored repeated requests for an explanation.
Here's a clip of Wax discussing dissent and disagreement a year ago: