A lecturer at Georgetown University’s Law School is confident that he’ll face no actual consequences for a tweet in which he suggested that President Joe Biden would pick a “lesser [B]lack woman” rather than the individual he himself preferred for the Supreme Court seat that will be vacant after Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement.
Reuters reports that Ilya Shapiro, a prominent libertarian with former high titles at the Cato Institute, a think tank that provides research and commentary on public policy from a libertarian perspective, was due to join the faculty of Georgetown University Law School in the coming week.
However, he is currently suspended, after a tweet suggesting that Biden’s SCOTUS nominee would be a “lesser Black woman.”
The tweet has since been deleted, but according to PoliticusUSA, read:
“Objectively best pick for Biden is Sri Srinivasan [chief judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, who is solid prog & v smart. Even has identity politics benefit of being first Asian (Indian) American. But alas doesn’t fit into latest intersectionality hierarchy so we’ll get lesser black woman. Thank heaven for small favors?”
When a Georgetown professor responded to Shapiro’s tweet to ask if he meant only to imply that one particular Black woman was “lesser” or whether the phrase was meant to encompass an entire demographic, he dodged the question.
Mr. Shapiro, as one of your future Georgetown colleague, I am curious: is your phrase “lesser Black woman” meant to describe a particular Black woman or do you intend “lesser Black woman” to encompass the general set of Black women under consideration for the seat?
— aderson francois 🇭🇹 14th Amendment Baby (@abfrancois) January 27, 2022
Without actually responding to the question, Shapiro tweeted, “I apologize. I meant no offense, but it was an inartful tweet. I have taken it down.”
Now, he’s making it clear that he’s not really concerned about any consequences for his actions in a new tweet.
“I’m optimistic that Georgetown’s investigation will be fair, impartial, and professional, though there’s not really much to investigate. And I’m confident that it will reach the only reasonable conclusion: my Tweet didn’t violate any university rule or policy, and is indeed protected by Georgetown policies on free expression. Accordingly I expect to be vindicated and look forward to joining my new colleagues in short order.”
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