"Informed Commentary" Criticizing Prostests is Racism?
Yesterday, we discussed the effort to remove one of the country‚Äôs most distinguished economists from his position because Harald Uhlig, the senior editor of the Journal of Political Economy, criticized Black Lives Matter and the Defund The Police movement. Now, Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson is reportedly facing demands that he be fired because he wrote a blog about the Black Lives Matter movement. Jacobson is the founder of the conservative website Legal Insurrection. A letter by his colleagues is a chilling reminder of the rapid loss of free speech values on campuses around the United States.
Twenty-one colleagues at Cornell signed a June 9, a letter denouncing unnamed ‚Äúcommentators‚Ä¶ attached to Ivy League Institutions‚ÄĚ as calls were made to the Dean to have Jacobson fired. The professors lashed out against academic commentators who criticize the looting as effectively...
Cornell Law School wrote: .... We can simultaneously affirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion and equal justice while employing someone who has written the sorts of things about the protests that Professor Jacobson has, because, as an institution of higher learning, we also value academic freedom, which prevents us from censoring the extramural writings of faculty members. And we value job security for our clinical faculty. Both of these values are crucial to the work of all of our clinics, which operate in any number of controversial areas. Our unwavering commitment to these values means that all Cornell Law professors must be able to write and speak freely. ....
excerpt from,"Statement on Prof. William Jacobson and Academic Freedom"
I wasn't quite sure who to put as author for the piece but it certainly has indicated that it represents Cornell law school's official position‚ĚóūüĎć