Volume 20

On Ilya Shapiro, Cancel Culture, and Color Blindness

by Hon. James C. Ho

Months ago, I was scheduled to talk with you all today about a subject that I’m very passionate about. The remarks were entitled “Fair-Weather Originalism:
Judges, Umpires, and the Fear of Being Booed.”

But I hope you won’t mind that I’ve decided to address a different topic today instead. Depending on how it goes, you all can decide whether to invite me back someday to deliver my original remarks. I’ll leave that up to you all.

I’m going to spend my time today talking about Ilya Shapiro, who was recently appointed to serve as executive director and senior lecturer at the Center for the Constitution here at Georgetown. As you all know, there is now a heated debate—first, over the content of a recent tweet that he made and then deleted, and second, over what, if anything, Georgetown should do in response to his tweet.

With your indulgence, I’ll briefly address both of those issues. I’ll take them in reverse order.

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