Don’t Use the Term ‘Trap House’ in Your Party Invite at Yale Law School –

Yale Law School’s second-year student, who is also part Cherokee, was criticized by administrators and black students after he posted a message on an online forum in which he invited others to attend a Native American Law Students Association party (NALSA) hosted. You can read more at Washington Free BeaconAaron Sibarium, a reporter for the Black Law Students Association, reported the problem stemming from students protesting the use of “trap house” in promoting the party. The Black Law Students Association critics claim that the party promotes “black face”, and the conservative Federalist Society has “historically supported antis-Black rhetoric.” The administrators received nine complaints regarding the invitation and summoned each student to their offices.

Ellen Cosgrove was an associate dean and Yaseen Eldik the diversity director hectored students (who Free Beacon (did not identify), Eldik told him that the usage of the term “trap” as well as the mention of Fried Chicken was “triggering” for other students. Eldik stated to the student, “FedSoc is associated with political affiliations which are oppressive for certain communities” and specifically mentioned the “LGBTQIA and black communities as well as immigrant and immigrant communities.” Eldik suggested that, if the student didn’t apologize, it could adversely affect his chances to pass the bar exam. This allows administrators to assess character and Eldik even went as far to write an apology to the student. (Eventually, the student refused to make an apology. Instead, he wrote on an online forum inviting questions from anyone who was offended or had complained.

Eldik stated to the student that he was a man from color and there isn’t the same scrutiny on you as a white person. Free BeaconReporting. “I want to admit that it’s not simple.” Eldik’s tacit acknowledgement that the student’s race would be considered when deciding how offensive and harsh the punishment is, is absurd. People who belong to minority groups can also hold bigot beliefs, though we don’t have any strong evidence.

Contra Free BeaconThe explanation is that the name “trap house”, as it was called by podcasters, did not gain prominence. Chapo Trap House. Trap houses are a long-standing feature of hip hop lyrics. The term was first used by Gucci Mane for his 2005 album. It is normally used to refer to rundown, seedy houses in which drugs such as crack can be sold or used. This word has become a mainstream term, as 2 Chainz’s Atlanta pink-colored trap house became an Instagram hit. It is now a term that roughly refers to “place with an enjoyable party”. Although it implies that the party won’t be particularly sophisticated or elegant, this does not mean that everyone should wear blackface. It would be against the ethical guidelines of being so. VeryIt is absurd to wear blackface to a party as an ambitious lawyer at the age of 24, in an era where smartphones are ubiquitous, and it makes it all the more ridiculous that the party hosts intended this.

Although you may not like the thought of Federalist Society members using slang from another ethnic group, and have deep roots in hip-hop music, this should make it much more troubling for academic freedom advocates. Administrators tried to force an adult apology, and implied that they would sink the student’s chances of passing the bar. Debra Kroszner (the managing director of Yale’s Office of Public Affairs) tells Reason The Law School maintains a policy that reports only official disciplinary actions to the Bar Association, “while anyone can raise concerns about lawyers’ character or fitness, but the Law School does not allow this.” The media reports that the student received formal disciplinary action are false. Instead, the administration “tries to facilitate students talking to each other and resolving their differences.” However, if you are unsure about the Free BeaconIf’s report is correct, Yale administrators didn’t just try to help students solve a problem. Although it is good that the student wasn’t formally sanctioned, his allegations of treatment by university officials are troubling. Students shouldn’t feel restricted from speaking freely if you don’t formally sanction them for their edgy behavior.

It’s also highly disturbing that tomorrow’s lawyers and academics believe a person’s affiliation with the Federalist Society—a conservative professional group that has launched the legal careers of many a Supreme Court justice—precludes them from a presumption of innocence. Our students will soon have to defend criminal defense before our courts. They are sure to recognize the benefits of an intellectual cultural that does not seek out punishments for those who, supposedly, send out provocative party invitations.