"Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. We crave bonds and attachments … But the tribal instinct is not just an instinct to belong. It is also an instinct to exclude." - Amy Chua, in book "Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations."
As New York Magazine reports, students have positioned and packaged her as a symbol of the institution's alleged complicity in sexual harassment. It was she who advised female students applying for clerkships with Brett Kavanaugh to create the "look" he liked.
The members of the media, ranging from The Guardian to Abovethelaw, have made the Chua saga the gift that keeps giving. How delicious it is to bear witness to a god tumbling down from the heavens. How the world awaits actually hearing the thump.
So, the question is: Will the tribes, as Chua discusses in her book, exclude her? This is the era of the intense #MeToo movement. Like all movements it operates without nuance. Chua has been designated as one of the bad people.
Common sense indicates her one-time professional allies will distance themselves. Students will not want to enroll in her courses at Yale. Publishers are unlikely to invite her to do another book.
Off the reservation, Chua will be lacking an identity.
That's a humiliating state of being for any professional.
In fact, that's exactly why aging doctors, lawyers, and Indian Chiefs refuse to retire. They know they will become invisible. In capitalism we are our titles and networks.
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