Following a Harvard Law School event last week featuring a lawyer representing anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions in its lawsuit against Harvard, several students engaged in debate over comments about discrimination against Asian American students made during the event.
At the event, Mortara challenged Federal Judge Allison D. Burroughs’s acceptance of discrepanies in personal ratings between Asian American students and those of students from other racial background as insufficient evidence of discrimination.
In response, at least a dozen students in the crowd voiced their opinions and shouted back, “There is!”Following the event, some students said they felt that their concerns about discrimination against Asian American students on campus were invalidated.
Board members from the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association sent an email about the event to their members, acknowledging that the comments at Mortara’s talk “disturbed” some students.
Law School student Naneka Bakare wrote in the group chat that the event caused unproductive infighting among students of color.