Larry Alexander along with Amy Wax wrote, as published on, via Law Professor’s Blog:

All cultures are not equal. Or at least they are not equal in preparing people to be productive in an advanced economy. The culture of the Plains Indians was designed for nomadic hunters, but is not suited to a First World, 21st-century environment.

The left loves the mantra that all cultures are [somehow] equal. The problem is that while the idea may be noble, it is pure gibberish. It is impossible to make qualitative comparison between two things, without having a basis for the comparison. Is water better than gasoline? It depends on whether need to fuel your car or quench your thirst.

Likewise, it is impossible to compare two different cultures without establishing a basis for the comparison, which Alexander and Wax did do.

Enter one Stephen C. Ferruolo,

As I said in my remarks at 1L Orientation, I am committed, as Dean of USD School of Law, to ensuring that there are opportunities for respectful discussion of important issues and for everyone’s voices to be heard. The rights we must respect in an academic community include freedom of speech and academic freedom, and those rights and freedoms extend to every member of our community. No less importantly, however, in exercising our rights and expressing our views, we must be sensitive to all the members of our community, especially those who may feel vulnerable, marginalized or fearful that they are not welcomed. We must recognize that, for many students, racial discrimination and cultural subordination are not academic theories, they reflect the students’ personal experiences.


I am establishing a working group, consisting of students, faculty and administrators, to join me in developing an action plan to ensure that the law school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion remains strong and irrefutable. I will be reporting to you again after the working group has held its first meeting.

Yes Dean Ferruolo is all for diversity, provided it doesn’t offend the delicate sensitivities self proclaimed victims.    It is impossible solve a problem if you not allowed to even discuss it.  Dean Ferruolo remains stalwart that he would both defend his particular view of diversity and refuse to define it.   Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity was refuted.   Why not Dean Ferruolo’s theory of diversity.

Addendum:   All cultures are equal, but the mention of some cause other cultures to have a melt down.   Law Professor’s Blog cites Heather McDonald:

Heather McDonald (Manhattan Institute), Higher Ed’s Latest Taboo Is ‘Bourgeois Norms’: An Op-ed Praising 1950s Values Provokes Another Campus Meltdown— From the Deans on Down

McDonald’s title says it all.