A lecturer who was under fire for a controversial tweet has left his brand-new position at a university, according to The New York Times.
Ilya Shapiro, a legal scholar and free speech advocate, was poised to start his new job as a senior lecturer and executive director at Georgetown University's Center for Constitution. A four-month investigation by the school hampered this transition due to a January tweet he made about President Joe Biden's promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court:
"Objectively best pick for Biden is Sri Srinivasan, who is solid prog & v smart. Even has identity politics benefit of being first Asian (Indian) American. But alas doesn’t fit into the latest intersectionality hierarchy so we’ll get lesser black woman. Thank heaven for small favors?"
Shapiro has since apologized but remained firm on his right to say such comments. Reporters say he even bragged about beating "cancellation" just last week. Come Monday (June 6), he posted his resignation letter on Twitter:
"Here’s my resignation letter from @GeorgetownLaw, a place that doesn’t value free speech," he writes. "In the name of DEI, it stifles intellectual diversity, undermines equal opportunity, and excludes dissenting voices."
Meghan M. Dubyak, a spokesperson for Georgetown, said this about the situation:
"While we protect speech and expression, we work to promote civil and respectful discourse. In reviewing Mr. Shapiro’s conduct, the university followed the regular processes for members of the law center staff."