George Washington University's Black Law Students Association Immediate Call to Action

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Asha Ramakumar
Aug 5, 2020
It is a sourly critical that a legal education be intersectional and reflect the disparate impact it has.

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Natasha Baker
Jul 12, 2020
Want to emphasize the 1L criminal law curriculum. It was superficial and not focused on the reality of what happens to those who end up in the criminal system and why, with perhaps the exception of discussing racial disparities as it pertains to the death penalty. It was generally an esoteric class about the elements of some crimes and theoretical discussions about the purpose of the system. I got far more out of my adjudicatory criminal procedure class. My criminal procedure class addressed some of the massive power that prosecutors and police have, the racism of the system, etc. but could have done more. We can do so much better to make sure the racism of the criminal system is not treated as some specialty subject but part and parcel of the system - understanding that is fundamental to any true understanding of what criminal “justice” looks like in the US.

I was a student in the prisoner and reentry clinic and cannot speak highly enough about it. It has changed my career path. It’s good to take a look at access and representation, given what a unique opportunity clinics are and the demographics of the people the clinic represents.

We could make more effort, too, to follow NYU and actively recruit and financially support formerly incarcerated people seeking law degrees. They have so much to offer the legal profession but are faced with barrier after barrier.

Thanks to BLSA for spearheading this and for taking on the emotional labor to push for change. As a white ally, I hope I can do my part to share that labor to make GW a more just institution.

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Jane Wang
Jul 7, 2020
I'm signing because no institution can claim diversity without reserving more seats for people of color at a historically unequal table.

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Samuel Hughes
Jul 5, 2020
I believe, as the future of the legal profession, we desperately need to be racially aware. To learn about the law also requires us to learn about the impacts of the law on all communities. Structural racism exists in all areas of society, but no where is it more dangerous than in the law.

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Muhammad Hassan Ali Chaudhary
Jul 3, 2020
I support my school in their cause.

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Animal Lover
Jul 2, 2020
Like virtually every college & university in the U.S., GW Law reproduces racist hierarchies at every institutional level. Enacting each and every one of BLSA's demands would be what reasonable people call "doing the absolute bare minimum." GW Law profits off of students taking on massive amounts of debt which violently exacerbates an already widening "racial wealth gap." Furthermore, the Law School deigns to increase tuition by over $2,000 this upcoming semester despite its inability to conduct in-person classes. This too perpetuates systemic racism. White people need to open their purses, and subvert racism through the appropriate acknowledgment and utilization of white privilege. For my part, I have a seat in the Prisoners & Re-Entry Clinic and would gladly exchange my seat in the clinic with any Black student on the waitlist. I'm happy to work with the BLSA to make that happen.

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Madeline Smedley
Jul 2, 2020
I’m signing because if we want Black Lives Matter to be more than just a hashtag, we have to act immediately. In my three years at GW, I only had three Black professors. We can—and must—do better.

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Andrew Parks
Jul 1, 2020
#RaiseHigh #RaiseALL

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Antionett Carradine
Jul 1, 2020
Proud to be a former member of GW BLSA’s exec board! Keep pushing for change and a better tomorrow for those that come after you!

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Jennifer Grobe
Jul 1, 2020
Black and hispanic representation in faculty and students at GW Law is nowhere near the demographics of the DC metro area.