Skip to comments.In Harvard essay, young Michelle Obama argued for race-based faculty hiring
Posted on 08/15/2012 12:31:05 PM PDT by grundle
During her third and final year at Harvard Law School, first lady Michelle Obama then named Michelle Robinson penned an article for the newsletter of Harvards Black Law Students Association (BLSA), arguing that Harvard and its students were perpetuating racist and sexist stereotypes by not intentionally hiring minority and female law professors on the basis of their sex or skin color.
The 1988 essay, titled Minority and Women Law Professors: A Comparison of Teaching Styles, ran in a special edition of the BLSA Memo. The future first lady justified her demands for more black and female law school faculty by attacking the traditional model, in which law students were educated through the Socratic method.
She also opposed the traditional meritocratic hiring principle, where professors with better legal pedigrees were more often hired, arguing that it limited the success of women and blacks.
The facultys decision to distrust and ignore non-traditional qualities in choosing and tenuring law professors merely reinforces racist and sexist stereotypes, Mrs. Obama wrote, which, in turn, serve to legitimize students tendencies to distrust certain types of teaching that do not resemble the traditional images.
In particular, she condemned the Harvard law professor ideal made famous in John Osborns 1970 book The Paper Chase and Scott Turows 1977 autobiographical novel One-L, for promoting the view that law school faculty should be cold, callous, domineering, old, white men who took pleasure in engaging their students in humiliating and often brutal discourse. She faulted her fellow students for being racist and sexist and buying into that particular image of a proper law school education.
Instead, she praised the teaching of several professors who didnt use the Socratic method, including the far-left academics Martha Minow and Charles Ogletree. Minows father, Newton Minow, later recruited Michelle and Barack Obama to Sidley Austin, the Chicago law firm where the two met. Ogletree, who mentored both Michelle and Barack at Harvard, admitted during the 2008 election that he had concealed a videotape of Obama praising critical race theory architect Derrick Bell.
Michelle also gushed praise for critical race theory itself the view that law is an instrument of the powerful against the powerless, rather than an effort to seek justice.
Now, unlike before, students are being made to see how issues of class, race, and sex are relevant to questions of law, she wrote. These issues, she said, were being presented by people who possess the enthusiasm, sensitivity, and ingenuity necessary to bring excitement back into the classroom.
Her choice of language bore clear similarities to the empathy test Barack Obama promised to use when deciding on nominees for the judiciary. If the advances of the critical race movement were stymied, Michelle worried, this new breed of law professors will be systematically excluded from Harvard.
During the final weeks before she received her Harvard law degree, Mrs. Obama participated in a sit-in protest along with about 50 other BLSA members. In what The New York Times called an occupation, the future lawyers stormed the office of Dean James Vorenberg on May 10, 1988 with a list of 12 demands.
Carrying signs demanding an end to racism, they occupied the deans office for 24 hours and demanded that Harvard Law School hire 20 female or minority professors in the next four years as tenured, or tenure-track, professors. Seven of those professors, they insisted, must be black and four of those seven female.
They also demanded tenure for Ogletree and a deanship for Bell, and dictated a new plan for curriculum diversity that would include a required course on racial issues.
During the Obama presidency, the same Mrs. Obama has reportedly helped the president pick appointees to the federal courts. Along with Cassandra Butts a former White House deputy counsel and another Derrick Bell disciple the first lady reportedly helped Obama decide on the wise Latina Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court nominee.
President Obama also named Robert Wilkins, the president of the Harvard BLSA in 1988 and organizer of the occupation of the deans office, to a federal circuit judgeship in the District of Columbia.
Diversity in this country is a good thing, Mrs. Obama told MSNBC when asked about Sotomayor, whether its gender or race or socio-economic background or religion. You know, thats the world I come from.
“...Harvard and its students were perpetuating racist and sexist stereotypes by not intentionally hiring minority and female law professors on the basis of their sex or skin color.”
And she and her vapid hubby - through their indescribably awful performance as Cretin-in-Chief and wife thing, have done a superb job of continuing that perpetuation.
When I want intellectual input from African Americans, I turn to Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Allen West, and many others. They are intelligent and talented. She and he are not.
It's funny too because, by her own admission, she has received assistance and special consideration in order to overcome her early disadvantages in life. Now she has more than most minority women and ought to be grateful for the assistance she got and she should be helping others out of their alienation and hostility....so they can ACHIEVE too
Janna Ryan is an attorney. I guarantee that she didn’t write anything so full of malarky.
“I deserve more because I'm a victim. That makes me better and more deserving than you.”
“You're a victimizer and a racist. You deserve less and the government should take it from you and give it to me because I'm more worthy.”
Harvard listened... and hired Elizabeth Warren. "Minority" and female, 2 out of 3, not bad.
Do I need the "/S" here?
We need race based hiring.
Let us start with the NBA. No more than 12% can be black in accordance their percentage of the population.
So lets guess who was really responsible for the two new chick picks on the supreme court.
... okay, it was all about having a day off and partying, but that's what it was allegedly supposed to be about ...
(The strike was during Barack's days at the school, but the theories and tendencies were already in circulation before that.)
I see Elizabeth Warren did just that
The two biggest Affirmative Action parasites are never going to be satisfied, but the millions they’ll have to live large after their luck runs out in D. C ought to buy them dozens of fellow leeches, who will find it profitable to hang with such disreputable characters.
Racist, arrogant, and communist. This harpy makes Hillary look friendly.
Where does Janna Ryan come in here?
“Diversity in this country is a good thing, Mrs. Obama told MSNBC when asked about Sotomayor”
Absolutely. But what you pursue is racism and sexism to benefit your desires.
And, that’s not diversity.
What would happen if Harvard had a WHITE law students assn? Oh never mind, that would be racist.
Surprised that she hasn’t claimed that jurors and judges are racist because they do not give black lawyers and defendants courtroom victories in order to guarantee equality of outcome.
Respectfully, I say absolutely not.
The notion that diversity itself as a goal is politically correct balderdash.
What makes the modern approach to diversity in America "a good thing" in and of itself?
What meaningful "good things" has diversity brought to improve our quality of life beyond what we would otherwise experience?
What advantages and benefits does a modern diverse population bring to a neighborhood, village or town?
What is the basis for thinking that a polyglot population of people who do not hold the same values, think the same way, have the same basic goal and aspirations and pull in the same direction is superior to a more homogeneous population?
The promotion of incompetent, uncaring people may improve diversity but what does it do to improve an organization?
What does the importation of millions of skillless people who cannot support themselves and who end up on welfare and food stamps do to make America a better place?
How does the importation of muslims who despise America and Americans qualify as "a good thing"?
What does the importation of tribal Africans, Haitians, illegal Hispanics do to strengthen America and make it a better place for Americans to live?