Alt-Left University of Pennsylvania alumni, students, and faculty have gathered to condemn two law professors they accused of for being a part of “racist and white supremacist discourse.” The crime of these two professors was to speak positively of the “bourgeois culture” of 1950’s America.
Lawrence Alexander of the University of San Diego and Amy Wax from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) were excoriated by over 50 doctoral students and alumni from UPenn for allegedly, “promoting hate and bigotry under the guise of ‘intellectual debate'” in their op-ed titled, “Paying the price for breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture.” The nostalgic op-ed piece was published by the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this month.
In the piece, the duo simply observed that, “[1950s] culture laid out the script we all were supposed to follow: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.”
They then went on to argue that the modern, “loss of bourgeois habits seriously impeded the progress of disadvantaged groups.”
“All cultures are not equal,” observed Wax and Alexander. “Not equal in preparing people to be productive in an advanced economy.”
The continued, “the culture of the Plains Indians was designed for nomadic hunters, but is not suited to a First World, 21st-century environment. Nor are the single-parent, antisocial habits, prevalent among some working-class whites; the anti-‘acting white’ rap culture of inner-city blacks; the anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants.”
The group of alumni and students at UPenn published a letter in the school paper on Monday, alleging that both the professors were involved in and certainly guilty of “normalizing” white supremacy through their article.
According to the UPenn group, the culture described by Alexander and Wax, “if understood within their sociocultural context, stem from the very same malignant logic of hetero-patriarchal, class-based, white supremacy that plagues our country today. These cultural values and logics are steeped in anti-blackness and white hetero-patriarchal respectability, i.e. two-hetero-parent homes, divorce is a vice.”
The group also called on the administration at UPenn to conduct a thorough investigation of “Wax’s advocacy for white supremacy.”
The complainers, mostly from the Department of Anthropology claim their efforts are part of their commitment to, “combating white supremacy in our pedagogy.”