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MLK Day SPECIAL: The 6 WOKEST Law Schools In America

Today we celebrate one of the greatest Americans of the 20th century, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who taught us to realize the promise of America as a nation that treat all citizens equally no matter the color of their skin.

As we reflect on his immense legacy, it is all the more important to protect and preserve what he gave us. This becomes all the more important today as Dr. King’s ideal, to judge individuals by the contents of their character and not the color of their skin, is indeed under attack, even by many who claim his legacy. We are seeing a resurgence on the Left of racial discrimination in the name of racial justice. Critical Race Theory, which goes against everything Dr. King stood for, is now a widely taught. In the words of Ibram X. Kendi, one of the Left’s most celebrated leaders, “The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

Perhaps nowhere is this resurgence more prevalent than in our nation’s top schools. We expect university staff who are entrusted with educating our youth to live up to the legacy of Dr. King and teach our youth to treat everyone as individuals, not to use their platforms to push the radical Left’s racist agenda or getting involved with partisan politics to further divide this country. But researchers at The American Accountability Foundation have uncovered disturbing evidence of professors and administrators at our nation’s top schools failing horribly to live up to that standard. Here are six examples:

1) At Stanford Law School, Professor Ralph Richard Banks proudly teaches a course on Critical Race Theory, explaining that “We should be talking about systems and processes. We want children to have a critical perspective of American society and how we got here.”

After the death of George Floyd, Banks wrote an article blasting police, saying “Policing practices are unquestionably central to the maintenance of racial injustice. Law enforcement officers channel people into a criminal justice system that compounds racial inequities. And policing practices too often embody the narratives of criminality that have long demonized African Americans, men in particular.”

At the same school, under the leadership of Associate Dean For Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion, Tirien Angela Steinbach, the Diversity and Inclusion office offers courses on Critical Race Theory and Race and Policing. “I try to show up with radical hope, radical imagination, and radical action as much as possible,” said Steinbach, who proudly posted a photo of herself with Barack Obama on social media.

2) Yannick L Brookes, Executive Director of Student Services, Community Engagement and Equity at Columbia University, posted a meme on social media comparing Republican laws mandating that individuals use the bathroom of their biological sex to the racial segregation of water fountains in the Jim Crow south. He also tweeted his disapproval after the overturning of Roe V. Wade, and not so cryptically posted a photo of a TV announcing the election of Joe Biden in 2020.

3) New York University Law School’s Director of the Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Kenji Yoshino, is a very active partisan. He frequently attacks Donald Trump, retweeted a message mocking conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, celebrates Hillary Clinton and Obama, and even cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2016 election.

At an event with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Yoshino made the shocking claim that conservatives only care about the opoid epidemic because many of its victims are white, saying “64000 people I think died in 2016 and 90, 95% of them were white, the fact that this is affecting white populations so deeply is what leads people like Ted Cruz or what have you to say, ‘This is my cousin, this is my brother,’ ‘This is the face of the epidemic" in a way that we didn't see about the crack epidemic, right?”

Yoshino was also referred to in an article by Ifeoma Ajunwa defending “anti-racism training.” Ajunwa writes that “The legal scholar Kenji Yoshino uses the term “covering” to refer to the idea that minorities are forced to downplay their differences, whether those differences are based on race, sexual orientation, religion or disability.”

4) At the University of Virginia, Professor Alex M. Johnson teaches a course on Critical Race Theory, being paid $354,900 per year – significantly more than UVA’s professor of engineering focused on computer science ($269,000), or their , Chemistry professor ($270,000). UVA deciding to pay their Critical Race Theory professor, Alex M. Johnson, so much more than science and engineering professors helping to solve the world’s problems shows that UVA prioritizes wokeness over education and research.

5) At Duke Law School, H. Timothy Lovelace, the John Hope Franklin Research Scholar and Professor of Law at Duke, said I wish critical race theory was being taught in k-12 schools. Brown v Board of Education is often not even taught in k-12 schools. And so certainly Derek Bell's criticisms of Brown v Board of Education not being taught in most k-12 schools. When you look at the bills that have proliferated in states across the country, not simply the south, but across the country, we should think about critical race theory there is that racism is not simply a southern phenomenon. It's a national, and even a global phenomenon.”

6) UC Berkley Law School has a group that promotes defunding prisons and police. The name of this group is the “Abolitionist Collective at Berkeley (AC@B).” It’s worth noting that this group shares the same acronym as the anti-police acronym of “ACAB,” which leftist police abolitionists use to mean “All Cops are Bastards.”

UC Berkley also has students working on pro bono cases if there was a complaint regarding a bad interaction with the police. According to their website, “Our students review complaints and evidence collected by the Board, interview complainants and help them understand the PAB process, communicate with the Board regarding any new evidence and witnesses, prepare complainants for their hearing, and present opening and closing statements on behalf of complainants at their hearing, if one is granted. After the hearing, the complaint is either dismissed or sustained. If a complaint is “sustained,” meaning the PAB agrees that misconduct took place, they submit their findings to the Chief of Police.”

The university also pays Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jennifer Chatman $475,210 per year, This outsized salary is particularly alarming given the divisive comments Chatman has made against conservatives and President Trump. In one article Chatman is quoted as “In my mind, this is what the Tea Party, the Trump movement and so-called populism or nationalism are all about: the powerful— in this country, that would be men who are white and straight — clinging to power and literally lashing out at those who threaten their grip on power. So, the answer to the question — why now? — is that LGBTQ people have made visible strides of late.”

UC Berkley also pays Russell Robinson, a Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture, a $330,521 salary. According to Robinson, “children in Republican homes are coming out as trans, as nonbinary, as gay or bisexual or lesbian. And so, I think the right wing feels under threat from cultural change. And what we’re seeing is a reaction to that fear. There’s this nostalgia for the “good old days,” when LGBTQ folks were closeted and Black people stayed in their place and women were in the household and not in the workplace. That is really at the core of Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party agenda.”

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