Members Of Human Rights Commission Ask Education Department To Investigate Northwestern After Law Professors Confess To Being Racists
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the U.S. Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Recently, Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law conducted a town hall meeting online, during which professors who attended acknowledged themselves as racists and promised to “do better.”

“I am a racist and a gatekeeper of white supremacy,” one professor announced in the town hall’s chat. “I will work to be better.”

“I’m a racist,” said another while introducing herself as if she were at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. “I will try to do better.”

While the “admissions” were clearly for the benefit of woke scolds, such an admission of racism, if true, would be a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that “[n]o person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Now, four members of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission have sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking her to investigate the law school, according to a copy of the letter obtained exclusively by PJ Media.

“We write to express our concern regarding the admitted racism of several employees at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law,” four of the eight commission members wrote in the letter. The four who wrote the letter made clear they were writing on their own and “not on behalf of the Commission as a whole,” PJ Media reported.

“During a recent online town-hall meeting, several employees publicly admitted that they are racists, and one even admitted to acting as a ‘gatekeeper of white supremacy,’” the commission members added. “Included in this number of admitted racists was James B. Speta, the law school’s Interim Dean and the Elizabeth Froehling Horner Professor of Law.”

“Based on these facts, we ask that you consider conducting an investigation into the Pritzker School of Law’s potentially discriminatory practices—similar to your investigation into Princeton University’s potentially discriminatory practices—and that you take any additional action that you deem appropriate,” the letter said.

The call for DeVos to investigate does not come out of nowhere, as PJ Media reported:

Last month, Betsy DeVos called the bluff of Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber. Eisgruber had participated in the same woke rite of confession, publishing a letter confessing to the ongoing racism at his university under his leadership. It seems the president aimed to use this confession as a rhetorical weapon to push Marxist critical race theory.

Yet DeVos responded by launching an investigation into the university. If Princeton really is racist, the Department of Education reasoned, its policies violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Therefore, it should lose federal funding.

“Based on [Princeton’s] admitted racism, the U.S. Department of Education is concerned Princeton’s nondiscrimination and equal opportunity assurances in its Program Participation Agreements from at least 2013 to the present may have been false,” the DOE letter to Princeton reads. Therefore, the DOE opened an investigation.

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