Amy Wax, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is making a habit out of promoting a pro-white stance that sounds very Trumpesque while shooting down immigration. While some condemn her statements, others say it’s much more complex and that at the basis of her thoughts is that “culture optimization is not a white thing.”
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“Conservatives need a realistic approach to immigration that…preserves the United States as a Western and first-world nation,” Wax reportedly said. “We are better off if we are dominated numerically…by people from the first world, from the West, than by people who are from less advanced countries,” Inside Higher Ed reported.
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She went on, “Let us be candid. Europe and the first world, to which the United States belongs, remain mostly white, for now; and the third world, although mixed, contains a lot of non-white people. Embracing cultural distance, cultural-distance nationalism, means, in effect, taking the position that our country will be better off with more whites and fewer non-whites.”
It wasn’t the first time she expressed such sentiments. In 2017, she wrote an op-ed that “all cultures are not equal,” despite the modern “obsession with race.” And in 2018, Wax questioned the aptitude of Black law students. She said, “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.” This was when the university finally took a stance against her, announcing that no student would be required to take any of Wax’s courses.
Students spoke out against Wax with a petition signed by more than 1,000 student groups and individuals affiliated with Penn calling for Wax to be relieved of all teaching duties. Wax’s dean, Ted Ruger, the Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law, said in a statement.: “At best, the reported remarks espouse a bigoted theory of white cultural and ethnic supremacy; at worst, they are racist.
“Under any framing, such views are repugnant to the core values and institutional practices of both Penn Law” and Penn.
In a recent interview with The New Yorker magazine, Wax defended her comments and beliefs.
“You have to understand that I come to this whole question of immigration with an unanswered question in my mind, something I got interested in years ago, and I have tried to get people to answer it. And the question is: Why are successful, peaceful, orderly, prosperous, technologically advanced, democratically sound countries so rare and so few, and why do they clump up in one tiny corner of the globe, namely Europe, the Anglosphere? We also have Japan, which is a wonder, I think, in many ways, a very admirable country. Perhaps Taiwan. And why is the rest of the world essentially consisting of, in various degrees, failed states?”
Wax, who began her professional life as a neurologist, served in the Solicitor General’s office in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
She continued: “Why do we have a post-Enlightenment portion of the world and a pre-Enlightenment portion of the world? And I guess, to be really crude about it, you would use Trump’s succinct phrase: Why are there so many shithole countries? Of course the moment you say that, people just get outraged: Oh, my God, you are a racist for saying that. And that, of course, lets them off the hook; they don’t have to answer the question, which is convenient.”
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