Incoming Georgetown Law professor prompts backlash by saying Biden will pick 'lesser Black woman' for Supreme Court
- Ilya Shapiro prompted outrage with tweets predicting who would be next to join the
- He suggested Biden would pick a "lesser Black woman" over a more suitable man.
An incoming Georgetown Law professor prompted outrage with a tweet that said President
Ilya Shapiro, a constitutional-law expert, was reacting to reports of Justice
"Objectively best pick for Biden is Sri Srinivasan, who is solid prog & v smart," Shapiro tweeted.
"Even has identity
"Because Biden said he's only consider black women for SCOTUS, his nomination will always have an asterisk attached. Fitting that the Court takes up affirmative action next term," he wrote in a second tweet.
Shapiro was referring both to Biden's 2020 campaign pledge to appoint the first Black female Supreme Court justice and the court's plan to hear two cases on affirmative action in higher education later this year.
Shapiro deleted his tweets, but multiple people posted screenshots on Twitter, which prompted widespread condemnation, including from the dean of Georgetown Law, who called them appalling.
Shapiro issued an apology, writing in response to the Georgetown Law professor Aderson Francois: "I apologize. I meant no offense, but it was an inartful tweet. I have taken it down."
Shapiro's tweets came less than a week after Georgetown Law announced that he would join as an executive director and senior lecturer at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. His start date is February 1.
Shapiro works as a vice president at the conservative Cato Institute think tank.
Neither Georgetown Law nor the Cato Institute immediately responded to Insider's request for comment.
In a statement to Law.com, Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor criticized Shapiro's tweets but did not say whether they would affect his role at the university.
"The tweets' suggestion that the best Supreme Court nominee could not be a Black woman and their use of demeaning language are appalling," Treanor said.
"The tweets are at odds with everything we stand for at Georgetown Law and are damaging to the culture of equity and inclusion that Georgetown Law is building every day."
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