New York Law School Announces New Race Focus and Required Courses on Systemic Racism

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Students of the law, get ready to learn about systemic racism.

Such will be the case at New York’s Yeshiva University.

As reported by The Washington Free Beacon, the college’s Cardozo School of Law sent an email to attendees Thursday delivering news of a change.

The message hailed a major curriculum overhaul “designed to help our students examine and understand racism in the law and throughout the legal system.”

To that end, the incoming Class of ’24 will be the first required to complete at least one of the following courses:

  • Cross-Cultural Negotiation
  • Race and the Law
  • Indigenous Rights in the Americas
  • Critical Race Theory

But don’t assume those are the only places in which racial issues will be newly explored.

A deep look into “race and racism,” the announcement relayed, will be woven throughout.

Students will face race in multiple places, “including in courses that are not primarily or ostensibly about race.”

As indicated by the email, systemic racism is an objectively detected malady.

And the school’s devoted to the fight:

Cardozo is committed to training lawyers who can recognize and respond to the ways in which systemic racism impacts our world.

As I’ve written previously, the existence of racism as injected purposefully into the gears of America’s systems is being increasingly confirmed.

For reasons which remain unclear, those who’ve discovered it refuse to point to its levers; if only they would do so, it might be immediately removed.

And if such were to take place, it seems, lawyers wouldn’t have to take up their swords and shields.

Surely the school has its reasons for not divulging the mechanisms.

As purportedly noted in the email, Dean Melanie Leslie’s been at the forefront of a new era in education: Last year, she was among a group of law school deans who wrote to the American Bar Association of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Melanie implored the accrediting agency to “require that schools address bias, cultural awareness, and anti-racism.”

More from the Beacon:

Citing “systemic racism,” Leslie is quoted in the email explaining that “the history of racism and discrimination in America is intertwined and supported by law and legal structures.”

“As scholars and advocates,” she asserted, “it is critical that we do our part at Cardozo to acknowledge and eradicate systemic racism; as educators, we must ensure that our graduates are culturally competent and well-educated on issues of discrimination.”

Hopefully, the students will give it their all.

They’ll certainly be educated toward the task: Cardozo will also now require completion of classes on “implicit bias” and “microaggressions.”

In the aftermath, will America will see greater justice or just more frivolous lawsuits?

That remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden’s doing his best to hose the debris of structural racism off America’s driveway.

He’s a 44-year structural veteran and now head of the structures; but rather than doing it himself, he recently assigned the task to 18-year-olds:

It was a curious move; perhaps he surmised they’ll have greater appreciation if they find the embedded racism of which he’s already aware and get rid of it themselves.

Along the way, now they’ll have lawyers to help.

-ALEX

 

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