Much like squeaky wheels get the grease, squeaking leftists usually get institutional power to bend their way. This time it’s George Washington University.
As announced last month, GWU is already in the process of getting rid of its nickname – the Colonials – despite the fact that half the current campus and a majority of alumni want to retain it. The new name will be unveiled next year.
But the bigger prize for whiny leftists in the nation’s capital is that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has opted to not teach a constitutional law seminar at GWU after liberals complained.
Thomas announced his decision on Wednesday, a little more than a month after the release of the court’s decision that overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion.
While Thomas endured significant criticism along with the other conservative justices, at least he did not share the risk Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced when an armed potential assassin showed up at his home.
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Thomas had taught a law class at GWU since 2011. But leftists ramped up the pressure on GWU after Roe imploded and Thomas, in an opinion, suggested that like abortion, gay marriage may be an issue left to the states.
To its credit, GWU did not fold. As thousands of people signed a petition wanting the college to dump Thomas, Provost Christopher Bracey and law school Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew issued an email to students saying Thomas’ views did not represent those of the university, but that his presence was valuable to its educational mission.
“Because debate is an essential part of our University’s academic and educational mission to train future leaders who are prepared to address the world’s most urgent problems, the University will neither terminate Justice Thomas’ employment nor cancel his class,” Bracey and Matthew wrote.
Judge Greg Maggs, a military jurist who has co-taught the class with Thomas, informed the campus the longtime justice was bowing out.
“Unfortunately, I am writing with some sad news: Justice Thomas has informed me that he is unavailable to co-teach the seminar this fall,” Maggs said in an email. “I know that this is disappointing. I am very sorry.”
“The seminar has not been canceled but I will now be the sole instructor,” Maggs added. “For those of you still interested in taking the course, I assure you that we will make the best of the new situation.”
Neither Maggs nor GWU provided as explanation as to why Justice Thomas was “unavailable.”
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