Amy Wax


PHILADELPHIA — A white University of Pennsylvania law school professor who said she has never seen a black student graduate in the top quarter of the class has been removed from teaching required first-year law courses.

Law school dean Ted Ruger said professor Amy Wax spoke "disparagingly and inaccurately" about the performance of black students during an interview with Brown University economics professor Glenn Loury on the "downside of affirmative action" last year.

"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," Wax said at the time.

Wax also claimed that the University of Pennsylvania Law Review has a racial diversity mandate, suggesting that black students had not earned their places. Speaking about black law students at Penn and peer schools, she went on to say that some of them shouldn't even be attending college.

Ruger said it was imperative for him as dean to state that Wax's claims are false.

"Black students have graduated in the top of the class at Penn Law, and the Law Review does not have a diversity mandate. Rather, its editors are selected based on a competitive process," he said. "And contrary to any suggestion otherwise, black students at Penn Law are extremely successful, both inside and outside the classroom, in the job market and in their careers."

Wax has tenure at the university and will retain her salary and her seniority. She will continue to teach a full course load of electives but will not be teaching a mandatory first-year law school course.

Wax has made provocative statements before, claiming Anglo-Protestant cultural norms are superior to others. She also claimed in a Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed last year that America should return to the bourgeois culture of the 1950s. In that article, she condemned "the single-parent, anti-social habits, prevalent among some working-class whites," ''the anti 'acting white' rap culture of inner-city blacks" and the "anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants" and said they were not suited for a "First World, 21st-century environment."

A voicemail and an email seeking comment from Wax weren't immediately returned Wednesday.  — (AP) 

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The University of Pennsylvania law school professor said that “she has never seen a black student graduate in the top quarter of the class….” No one has supplied any information to refute her statement.

She also said that there is a “racial diversity mandate” and “that some of them shouldn't even be attending college.” Both of these observations are almost certainly true.
1. “From Admission Preferences for Minority Students, Athletes, and Legacies at Elite Universities:”
“The bonus for African-American applicants is roughly equivalent to an extra 230
SAT points (on a 1600-point scale), to 185 points for Hispanics, 200 points for athletes, and 160 points for children of alumni. The Asian disadvantage is comparable to a loss of 50 SAT points.”
2. If we accept that an IQ of at least 120 is needed to do well in law school and the average black and white IQs are 85 and 100 with standard deviations of 13 and 15, we can calculate the probability of blacks and whites (that is, non-Hispanic/Latino whites) having an IQ of at least 120. Here is what we get: percentages of 0.35% and 9.12%. This given a ratio of 25.7 to 1. However, there are more 4.5 times as many whites as there are blacks. This means that we would expect that the white-black ratio would be 115 to 1.

And, as we know, universities are very forgiving of extremist, leftist professors who say things that are filled with hate.

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