Asa Khalif, leader of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Pennsylvania, doesn’t believe the demotion of controversial University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Amy Wax is enough.

He wants her fired, and if this doesn’t happen within a week’s time, he plans to make things on the West Philadelphia campus very uncomfortable.

Khalif said he has reached out to Penn and notified the university that if Wax, who has suggested that African-American students are inferior, is not fired he will begin disrupting classes and other campus activities with a wave of protests that could begin as soon as Friday.

“Anyone with the types of beliefs she holds teaching Black and brown students is a danger to them and their future,” Khalif told The Tribune on Friday. “We are unwavering in our one demand that she be fired. Based on her beliefs and the things she has said, she is a threat to Black and brown students.”

During a video interview from last September that recently surfaced, Wax, a tenured professor, told Brown University Professor Glenn Loury, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Black student graduate in the top quarter of the class, and rarely, rarely in the top half. I can think of one or two students that have scored in the top half of my required first-year course.”

In an email to the student body, Penn Law School Dean Theodore Ruger refuted this, saying, “Black students have graduated in the top of the class.” He also refuted her statement that Black students had undeservedly served on the Penn Law Review.

However, punitive measures ended at Wax no longer teaching first-year lecture classes. Ruger, said there would be no further action.

“I know that this decision will spur debate and difficult conversations in the days, weeks and months ahead, and I welcome them,” Ruger wrote in his email. “All faculty and students here will remain free to express their views. And all students and faculty are entitled to a law school that welcomes them equally as individuals.”

Khalif said that protest is a “last resort,” and that Penn has “a week to respond or fire her.”

Khalif noted he has already started building a coalition to join with BLM Pennsylvania in the future protests and disruptions. He added that there are a number of Penn students who have told him they are afraid to say anything about Wax due to potential reprisal.

Also last year, Wax collaborated on a controversial op-ed titled, “Paying the price for the Breakdown of the country’s bourgeois.” The piece read like an elitist take on President Trump’s “Make American Great Again” campaign slogan, which many believed had racially undertones.

“None of what this racist is doing is new to anyone familiar with her,” Khalif said. “Many people have known about her for years. Not just Black and brown people, but people who don’t believe she can fairly grade or teach people who don’t look like her.

“It’s not a safe environment for students who are trying to get an education,” he continued. “We have to speak for the students who can’t speak for themselves. As far as I’m concerned, all she’s been given is a slap on the wrist.”

(26) comments

Guest

"that if Wax, who has suggested that African-American students are inferior"

How is saying that none of them have graduated at the top of her class calling them inferior? What a garbage article.

Guest

Once again the BLM group shows it narrow vision and screams its actual intentions. Which are to segment a conversation and pluck and misconstrue what is actually being said. The interview discusses how our educational system can improve socially diverse integration of students and ultimately improve the lower class communities. Get your facts in order and stop this craziness, ALL LIVES MATTER AND THATS A MATTER OF FACT.

apetrainer

She lied about the success of Blacks in the school, hence she won't be teaching first-year students. You should raise your standards.

Guest

How about gathering the facts about the graduating rank of all students - black, white, Asian, etc - before condemning the professor's remarks as inaccurate and demanding her dismissal. Let's get the real facts first, and then decide what action, if any, should be taken.

apetrainer

Penn said she was lying. What more do you need?

Guest

Like it or not, the prof. has the right to express an opinion. It's called the Bill of Rights. The politically correct dean can make life hard for her, but she's tenured and can just wait it out (deans come and go) or possibly take legal action if they harass her. As for this BLM guy Asa Khan - he and his gang should focus on the fact that blacks are the poorest and most violent population in the country, with the highest amount of family dysfunction, substance abuse, crime, academic failure, and inability to find and hold a job.

Superfly

It's easier to show up and shout racism every few months than to do the real hard work of showing a people how to lift themselves up from poverty. But then the cure for the ills in our community have long been known. Implementing them on a personal basis and taking responsibility for that is the real hard work.

apetrainer

Is Black Lives Matter's professed objective showing people how to dig themselves out of poverty? Never heard that one before.

Muddyw

You're incorrect in that this is not a Bill of Rights issue, but I don't think one should blackmail the institution in order to get a desired outcome.

apetrainer

Blacks have been treated worse than any other segment of society. You should go to Kensington and pull the filthy whites clustered under the el and insist they go to work rather than beg for their opioid money.

Superfly

Why is this guy given any credibility? Black Lives Matter? Let's see, there was a triple shooting in West Philly over the weekend. A young woman was killed in the incident. Harrisburg refuses to adequately and fairly fund our inner city public schools. We need jobs that pay family sustaining wages. Street violence. Quality education lifts Black people out of poverty along with family sustaining wage jobs. Black Lives Matter? These are the issues to fight for but it's far easier to pop up once every few months or so and cry racism, isn't it? This guy can kiss my shiny metal you know what.

apetrainer

What does a triple shooting in West Philadelphia have to do about a bigoted professor at Penn? Stree violence has been declining for the last three decades. There is plenty of racism to stand against. If you want to give the command on what's next, get off your rear end and do the work. Work for you?

Guest

"Wax..has suggested that African-American students are inferior" is a flat-out lie by the author. This article is a dishonest editorial. Bad for the students and bad for America.

apetrainer

Suggesting - rather, lying - that blacks don't finish in the top half of the class and then being corrected by the dean is good enough for me. I think it's very honest.

Guest

You are using "refuted" incorrectly. Dean Ruger did in fact "rebut" what Wax said. But in order to "refute" something, you must have a contrary set of facts that cannot be reasonably questioned. Penn Law has so far refused to provide the alleged facts about black student performance.

apetrainer

She has not presented facts to be rebutted. Did I miss that?

Guest

Calling people like Amy Wax racist is no longer works. Bring it on, blw idiots.

Jakester

I can't think of a more racist, hypocritical and amoral group of people than the folks in #BlackLiesMatter. That group was created on the still widely circulated lie that Michael Brown had his hands up. Also, given his name, I wouldn't trust a creep like him to make change on a dollar

apetrainer

How about the perveted, sexually depraved president. His poor wife. Soon to be his third ex-wife.

Guest

what does matter is that someone does well as a student at penn law. take amy wax's class, be the good black law student and get her letter to get your first job.

apetrainer

Heard first hand from blacks that have taken her first-year class that she grades blacks on a different scale. Heard this from white students. Oh, well.

Guest

It's apparent that these comments have come from people who are not Black or Brown. Stop denying what is and work for equality in this country. Oh yea, you can't. Denial and manufactured superiority holds us back. Terrible.

apetrainer

Isn't it interesting how they can go from website to website - just like a group of alt-righties - and be mad and furious despite all the privilege that goes with being white in America. They must have really underachieved in their lives. Not to worry. This is their version of Custer's last stand ;-)

Guest

It is not known, how many in the barrister's association, various elite attorney partnerships value the opinion of Ms. Wax. The direct assertion of blatant antagonist comments of her students that are not "white" clearly can be translated as isolating all "others" as not relevant to be considered for any recommendation from her, and no matter how analytical they are; in her book, they were not and could not obtain a fair grade. Therefore, for starters, any student that was not "white" and failed her class should be reviewed by other professors. Remembering, that in a court of law, you are to be judged by your peers
.

Guest

I am 60 years old and have seen a lot in my life time. What's sad is that we are still having a conversation about color of one's skin in this and other countries around the world. Meanwhile back at the ranch the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. People please wake up and see that the elite are taking us all for a ride! By keeping the 99% busy arguing about trivial things they continue to get richer and laugh all the way to the BANK! We all need to wake ip and teach the young how to live among each other without hate. There is only one Earth like it or not so we better learn how to figure things out because the elite is planning to leave this planet and we all will be left to our own demise!
Please let me leave you ALL with one thought.
If you or someone you love were dying and was in need of a blood transfusion to stay alive or an organ would the color of a person's skin matter? I am a professional nurse and submit to you that believe me it would not!
LOVE EACH OTHER BEFORE ITS TOO LATE[love]

ne of 'those people'

No one is probably reading these comments anymore. But I'm not letting wrong information just sit there when I know better. Leader? Asa Khalif is not even a member of BLM. Asa Khalif doesn't represent anyone but himself. If you cared about the truth you'd see that the 2 most prominent and respected groups in Philly have issued statements distancing their organizations from him. So SORRY, BLM has nothing to do with this. Guess what? There are actually different groups of Black and Brown people. We're not one big glob of people with one collective mind and values. Some of us even have...dare I say it...JOBS! *gasp* Yup, that's right. And many of us educate our children, are law abiding, and pay taxes! let me stop. Too many
shocking revelations of truth have some about to pass out. Smelling salts please!

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