I was disappointed in the column by (syndicated columnist) Walter Williams (Williams: Can blacks afford to be degraded to benefit liberals?, July 4, www.lubbockonline.com).
Mr. Williams and Prof. Amy Wax from the Penn School of Law surmise that “racial preferences hinder the ability of blacks to succeed academically by admitting them into schools at which they are in over their heads academically.”
Mr. Williams then uses the information provided by Ms. Wax to attack the public school systems in several cities without any information that suggests any black students attending Penn came from those school systems. Nor did Mr. Williams address the fact that there are 75 percent of the Caucasians attending Penn and other Ivy League law schools who are not in the to 25 percent of the class either, and yet they are not being told to go to less prestigious schools.
I did a five minute Google search, and found an interview Ms. Wax did where she made her claim that there has never been any black students graduate in the top quarter of their class. When pressed for the basis of her statement, she admitted it was not scientific. It was based on her teaching a section of 90-95 students in her Civil Procedure class each year at Penn. Each class has 260-270 students, of which she teaches one-third of them, and used that as her basis for her comments.
Law schools have a blind grading policy, meaning that there is no way for the professor to know whose paper they are grading, and it would violate privacy laws for the dean of Penn to respond with specific information regarding the class rank of black students, a point Mr. Williams should be aware of, since he is a professor.
I find it ironic that in an editorial by Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Editorial: The right direction for the Supremes, July 5, www.lubbockonline.com), the editorial opinion extols the virtues of Clarence Thomas, yet based on Mr. Williams and Ms. Wax opinion, Justice Thomas should never have been admitted to Yale School of Law, and yet he has managed to rise to the highest level in his profession despite not finishing in the top 25 percent of his class at Yale. Really? I expect better from Mr. Williams, and the A-J.
Texas Tech School of Law (1993)