Georgetown Black Law Students Association held an old-fashioned sit-in at the Georgetown School of Law Dean William Treanor’s office. Protesters demanded the firing of Ilya Shapiro, a newly-hired executive administrator and senior lecturer at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.
Shapiro commented on Joe Biden’s insistence that he would only pick a black woman to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat. tweeted, “Objectively, the best pick for Biden? Sri Srinivasan who is solid [progressive]and [very] smart,” Shapiro tweeted. Even being an Indian American (first Asian) American has the identity politics benefit. Alas, she doesn’t fit in the last intersectionality hierarchy so you’ll get a less black woman. “Thank you, Lord, for little favors.”
Radicals were looking for any way they could derail Shapiro. They pounced on the tweet about “lesser black women” — inelegant, awkward phrasing, to be sure. But does that amount to a death sentence or a death sentence? Shapiro is currently suspended pending a “review”.
The dean would have called the police or the national security and they would have arrived to unceremoniously remove the protestors. Not too gentle.
This is America in 2022, and not 1968 and “Days of Rage.” However, Dean Treanor’s reaction was quite different.
The dean offered to pay to deliver dinner to the protesters.
It’s a lovely thing to do as a Christian. Georgetown is still a Catholic University, even though it’s nominally. Treanor wasn’t only a good Christian. Treanor also supports the protesters. To make matters worse, Shapiro’s fate will be decided by the school, based upon the recommendations of a Treanor-chaired panel.
The Georgetown Black Law Students Association hosted the sit-in. Students were there to demand that Georgetown law professor Ilya Shapiro be fired.
Ladies and gentlemen, these are your future lawyers: weeping, cowering worms. It is truly pathetic.
This exchange captures the tone and attitude of the sit-in. Treanor and other administrators are largely indifferent to the protestors. Treanor stated that “these comments are really useful” and assured students that he was shocked by Shapiro’s tweet. It is especially painful that this happened at the beginning of Black History Month. It is a heavy burden, and it is something I am very grateful for.
A number of demonstrators mentioned an incident involving Sandra Sellers, a former Georgetown Law professor. She was caught on tape saying that black students cluster at the bottoms of their classes. A student stated, “That took my focus away for a month.” “And that was also during Black History Month.”
The 1964 Berkeley students who occupied the office of the president had the guts and willingness to risk everything for what they believed. To prove their point, they risked being kicked out of school and even going to jail.
The Georgetown law dean’s children have to leave the protest to use the bathroom and cry. They know that they won’t be subject to any unwanted consequences — no police officers dragging them out and clubbing their heads — but they will be protected and sheltered by Dean Treanor who would rather act like a child than the leader of a prominent school of law.