Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 13, 2012 6:30 AM

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Discrimination at the law school?

I have been following the controversy surrounding the claim made by a conservative woman that the UI College of Law discriminated against her, and I am irate that someone would be discriminated against in this culturally accepting town.

How dare the law school deny someone a job simply because of her political affiliations? To think that it would disregard her obvious talents and qualifications, only to judge her based on her political views is an outrage.

Sure, the school didn't ask her what her views were, it's not included in the interview or in any application, but that didn't stop the discrimination. They could see that she was conservative as easily as someone can see when someone is gay, black, Latino, or poor.

Obviously, there should be a quota for how many conservatives work for the university. There shouldn't be quotas set for any other minorities for jobs or college admittance because that would be contrary to Supreme Court decision in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke; but this is completely different. Conservatives aren't really a minority, so why are their ratios in this town not reflecting their ratios in the rest of the United States?

Teresa Wagner undoubtedly was the most qualified, had the best interview, the best recommendations, and the most impressive CV. The only possible thing that could've lost her the job in this situation was that she was too conservative. Discrimination sure does suck.

Katie Kuntz
UI student

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