The atmosphere is tense at an Ohio law school after two deans criticized the student body for being “excessively” white after the school was ranked as the 144th most white school in the nation.
in an email conversation obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Deans Michael Scharf and Jessica Berg at Case Western Reserve University stated they were very upset that the school was included in the top 200 “whitest law schools in America in 2021.”
“First, we should not be satisfied with the diversity of our student body, even on the measures used in this study,” the deans stated. “it does not mean we have an equitable number of students who identify as Black, Native American, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or other under-represented groups.”
Also stated in the same correspondence, Berg and Scharf admitted that the school has increased the percentage of first-year law students “who do not identify as white” by 11% since 2004.
The email was sent after the release of the “Whitest Law School Report” on March 9th of this year. The report is a study commissioned by Vernellia Randall, a professor emeritus at the University of Dayton School of Law. The point of the report is to measure “diversity” in 200 United States law schools and identify “excess whiteness.”
The report was released on “racism.org” which is a web page run by Randall herself. The study quantifies the “whiteness” of a school “based on its Total Whiteness score, Excess Whiteness over [Law School Admission Council] applicant pool, and Excess Whiteness over state population. The higher the score, the more inappropriately White the school.”
Out of the total of 200 schools rated, 21 of them had “no excess whiteness.” Among those were Howard University, which is historically a black college, and three schools in Puerto Rico.
In her analysis, Randall concluded that the “non-historically White schools” were more likely to be “less White” than the “historically White law schools.”
In these schools, the brave students who speak up against ideologies and institutions that condemn “whiteness” as inherently bad are often labeled “racist” by their classmates. A group of law students at the University of North Carolina wrote an open letter bringing to light the school’s culture of bullying after a student was doxed for comments that were taken out of context.