Professor Wax, of Penn University, says she can easily sue Penn for defamation since they admonished her but never refuted her claims about race, affirmative action, and the superiority of bourgeois values.
Wax has discussed suing the school for defamation with one of her biggest boosters, former Penn Law trustee and major donor Paul Levy, she said.
“I think it would be fairly easy” because Dean Ted Ruger (left) accused her of inventing statistics on black student performance that she can factually back up. The problem is she would have to sue by March to meet the statute of limitations and go through state court, which is a pain, Wax said.
Penn Law administrators are so eager to avoid any further tussles with Wax, she said, that she was let out of even more teaching at her request, with no dock in pay.
Her colleagues are generally eager to avoid her altogether, Wax told The College Fix: “I have been completely ostracized.” And yet she’s in an unusual situation because she’s a tenured conservative in the first place.
Wax challenged her critics to take on her arguments with data and self-reflection, rather than reflexively dismiss her as a racist.
“I have paid the price of praising bourgeois culture” and saying not all cultures are equal, which is evident by the throngs of refugees seeking entry into Europe instead of Zimbabwe and Venezuela, she said.
One of her critical colleagues refused to even answer her hypothetical question, Wax said – whether he’d prefer to live in a neighborhood where bourgeois values are mostly followed or mostly ignored.
She defended her claims about black student underperformance at Penn Law (video below), citing her years of service on the clerkship committee, where she saw class rank. Wax was speaking in the context of mismatch theory, which argues that underperformance is better explained by unpreparedness for elite academic standards rather than racism.
The professor mocked her dean’s claims that her statements were false and violated confidentiality rules, noting Ruger never cited specific evidence or legal authority.
Despite Ruger’s fear that her black students may perform worse because of Wax’s comments, “there was no effort to measure it because facts are beside the point” for the dean, she said: “What matters are perceptions and feelings.”