I want to ask you a question, but I have to warn you that it may shock you, especially if the only discussions about race-based education you’ve ever been exposed to are based on Brown v. Board of Education and its progeny. As you’re about to learn, everything you’ve been taught about racial discrimination in America’s education system, from Head Start to graduate school, is wrong.
Here’s the question. Would you hire an African-American attorney who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School or Marquette Law School? If you answeres “of course,” you might want to re-think your answer. Not only does Wisconsin’s Graduation Policy assure that graduates from these schools will never have to sit for the Wisconsin Bar Exam because they are automatically admitted into practice, both schools concede that African-Americans are admitted to their law program regardless of whether they are qualified. So, if you find yourself sitting accross from an African-American attorney with a degree from one of these schools, you have no way of knowing if he or she is there because they are talented and tested professionals, or if they’re just a product of race-based education policies. If this makes me racist, then so be it, but the Supreme Court doesn’t think I’m the one who is racist.
In the majority opinion in Parents Involved, 127 S. Ct, Chief Justice Robersts wrote, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” It really is as simple as that. Both the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette Law School, like all American Bar Association-approved law schools, require prospective students to take and pass the LSAT. All students, regardless of skin color take it. So why on earth do African-Americans who fail it get bumped to the front of the line if they can’t pass it? Such attitutes only enforce the stereotypical beliefs of people like Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood) who believe that people of African descent have to be “helped” because they aren’t smart enough to keep up with their European-American counterparts.
Law schools aren’t supposed to be leading the efforts to destroy citizens’ rights of Equal Protection. They’re supposed to be teaching students that the Constitution applies to all American Citizens, regardless of color. Perhaps Wisconsin’s law schools need a lesson in Constitutional law.