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Black Law Student Discussion Board / The Billionaire vs. The Dyke
« on: March 14, 2007, 12:40:05 AM »
Trump Gets Ugly With Rosie
The Donald Says He Has No Compassion For The Talk Show Host Who's Battling Depression
 
March 13, 2007
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Donald Trump attacked Rosie O'Donnell again in an interview aired Tuesday. (Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown)
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(CBS/AP) Donald Trump took another potshot at Rosie O'Donnell during an interview aired Tuesday on "Entertainment Tonight."

"If I looked like Rosie, I'd struggle with depression, too" Trump said, commenting on "The View" co-host's battle with the condition.

The fight between Trump, 60, and the 44-year-old O'Donnell, moderator of ABC's "The View," broke out in December after Trump announced that Miss USA Tara Conner would keep her title, which had been in jeopardy because of underage drinking. He owns the pageant.

O'Donnell said the twice-divorced real-estate mogul had no right to be "the moral compass for 20-year-olds in America." Trump fired back in various interviews, calling O'Donnell a "loser" and a "degenerate."

"I have no compassion for Rosie," Trump said in the interview aired Tuesday. "I think she suffers from depression because she beats up on so many people."

"I wouldn't dignify it with a comment," a publicist for O'Donnell told ET.

O'Donnell responded by posting a poem on her blog Tuesday. Titled "The Mirror," it begins: "the dump truck is at it again."

On Friday's "The View," O'Donnell hung upside down on Friday's show to demonstrate the "inversion therapy" she says has helped her overcome depression.

Trump, host of NBC's "The Apprentice," said in January that he was finished with the quarrel — before fanning its fires a little further.

"Not everybody has to be politically correct," he said. "I think that's why this so-called feud took on a life of its own, because it wasn't politically correct. In a way it's wonderful that she doesn't like me and I don't like her. There's nothing wrong with that."

"I think a picture of Rosie hanging upside down is a very unattractive picture," said Trump. "This is one I would pay not to watch."

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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Whiteboyism
« on: January 30, 2007, 07:41:05 PM »
An article talking about "whiteboyism":

Whiteboyism, American-Style
by Terry Smith

Stories abound in corporate America of blacks getting whiteboyed–slammed in often subtle ways by behavior whose effect, if not purpose, is racial subordination. From Ellis Cose’s The Rage of A Privileged Class to the more recent entry, Herman Malone’s Lynched By Corporate America, these tales have been propagated for mass public consumption and, at least ostensibly, for education. Predating and coinciding with Professor Richard Sander’s congenital obsession with proving black inferiority in the legal profession, similar narratives as well as supporting data have emerged about whiteboying in the practice of law. (See, for example, The Good Black. I do mean to be impious toward Professor Sander’s work, for it is curious when a white man devotes so such energy to demonstrating why an already under-represented group should be more under-represented instead of explaining the structural advantages that allow over-represented groups to remain over-represented.) And of course, the casual observer of politics witnesses whiteboying with a frequency that allows him to pull examples from the tips of his fingers. Black Republican Michael Steele, who once described President Bush as his "homeboy," was passed over by the President for the position of Republican National Committee Chairman in favor a white Cuban. Congressman Alcee Hastings, exonerated of criminal wrongdoing as a judge by a jury of his peers, was passed over as Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, purportedly because his impeachment while on the bench made him unfit to serve in such a sensitive post. The catch: the impeachment was based on the same conduct for which Hastings was found innocent, occurred nearly seven years after his acquittal, and its sanction did not, as was the Senate’s prerogative, forbid Hastings from holding "any Office of honor, Trust, or Profit under the United States."

A colleague of mine at a northeastern law school recently shared with me her own brush with whiteboying. A white male faculty member of no particular institutional stature had excluded her from a meeting for which her committee duties made it appropriate that she attend. This was not done inadvertently: the white male colleague explained that because he and his black colleague did not get along, he had excluded her to present the best face possible to a job candidate for whom the meeting was scheduled. It was a real-time example of the "personality defense" that has come to be raised to explain away circumstances that are equally susceptible to a reading of discrimination. The black professor’s only "clash" with her white colleague had been to disagree with him on occasion in faculty meetings.

As manifold if not exponential as examples like these are, there is little collective racial shame on the part of whites and a disquieting passivity on the part of people of color, blacks in particular. Whites (and even other minority groups) are increasingly emboldened in their challenges to claims for black equality. White students at Boston University offer a whites-only scholarship as a protest against affirmative action. An Asian non-citizen launches an attack against affirmative action because he did not get into every Ivy League to which he applied. The Bush Administration files an amicus brief in the racially-charged affirmative action cases (Grutter v. Bollinger), but curiously stays out of the culturally-divisive sodomy case (Lawrence v. Texas).

I teach employment law and specialize in the area of protected employee speech. I’ve advocated in my scholarship, and have advised individuals to the same effect, that sometimes the best way–indeed the only way– to avoid being a victim of whiteboyism is to call it out, to confront it. Despite the protection the law affords expressions of opposition to perceived discrimination, employees of color often fear social stigmatism. Nothing illustrates the ubiquity of this fear more than the behavior of people of color in the legal academy. A friend of mine relayed a story about a faculty hiring meeting in which all the black faculty members walked out in protest of the unequal treatment of a minority job candidate. How rare, I thought to myself. That would never happen at my institution, where there is each year plenty of reason to boycott hiring meetings. And it would not happen at most institutions. If tenured law professors of color with lifetime jobs refuse to confront whiteboyism, it is not difficult to imagine the trepidation in other walks of life.

That’s why Professor Sander feels at liberty to publish rubbish suggesting a link between law-school grades and law firm success. If this link were causal, of course, one would expect law professors to hail from successful law-firm careers. It would be odd, to say the least, if those who teach law students to be successful law-firm practitioners, and who issue the grades that Sander says are essential to law firm success, themselves have a distant connection to practice. Sander earned his law degree in 1988 and started teaching law in 1989. The absence of law practice, or very short stints of it, is a trend in the academy. How, then, can grades issued by those with little or no practice be an indicator of success for practice? For that matter, how does one explain the former dean of Stanford Law School failing the California Bar–not as a student, but rather as a tenured member of Stanford’s faculty?

People of color, blacks in particular, continue to be proverbial punching bags for a drifting America whose misdirection is guided largely by white men. Our silence only makes matters worse.

Posted by Terry Smith on January 2, 2007 08:12 AM | Permalink

Can't say this surprises me! 

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This way is much better than the Affirmative Action given to blacks...

Hell, if you follow this example, you might not even need a fracking UG degree ;D


Bush’s Personal Aide To Enroll at Business School

Gottesman, college dropout and former beau to Bush daughter, to begin in the fall

Published On 5/22/2006 2:12:14 AM

By PARAS D. BHAYANI

Crimson Staff Writer

A 26-year-old college dropout who carries President Bush’s breath mints and makes him peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches will follow in his boss’s footsteps this fall when he enrolls at Harvard Business School (HBS).

Though it is rare for HBS—or any other professional or graduate school—to admit a student who does not have an undergraduate degree, admissions officers made an exception for Blake Gottesman, who for four years has served as special assistant and personal aide to Bush.

Gottesman, a Texas native who attended Claremont-McKenna College in California for one year, has long had ties to the Bush family. He dated the president’s daughter, Jenna Bush, nearly ten years ago when he attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal School of Austin.

After completing his freshman year at Claremont in 1999, he left to join the Bush presidential campaign and later served as a junior aide to former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. In February 2002, he became the president’s personal assistant.

In his current role, Gottesman performs a wide range of duties, from dog-sitting the president’s Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley, to carrying the president’s speeches and giving him the “two-minute warning” before a speech begins.

Gottesman has declined all requests for comment on his business school admission, but White House staffers have described him as loyal, warm, and fun-loving.

“He is a friend and adviser to every employee of the White House, from career maintenance workers to cabinet secretaries,” Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin told The Myrtle Beach Sun News. “He is consistently kind and warm and generous with his time and provides extraordinarily good advice.”

Gottesman has likened his role at the White House to that of Charlie Young on the NBC television program “The West Wing.” When asked about his similarity to Young in an interactive question-and-answer session on the White House’s Web site, Gottesman wrote, “Charlie seems to be smarter, funnier, and better-looking. But, from what I remember—our jobs are probably pretty similar.”

HBS spokesman James E. Aisner ’68 explained the decision to accept Gottesman, even though he is not a college graduate, by telling The Economist that “extraordinary circumstances will sometimes compel it to drop [its] rule” of only admitting students who hold bachelor's degrees.

He refused to comment specifically on Gottesman, citing Harvard’s policy of not commenting on the admission of any individual student.

Aisner also pointed out to The Economist that Harvard would surely admit applicants like Bill Gates and Michael Dell, both of whom are college dropouts.

But the often-snarky British weekly noted: “Needless to say, holding the president’s hand-sanitizer is a far cry from heading a Fortune 500 company.”



—Staff writer Paras D. Bhayani can be reached at pbhayani@fas.harvard.edu.

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Do you think Yale/Harvard was what you expected?  Is (was) it worth your time and money?  As a minority...Do you feel integrated in the student body?  Is racism and/or classism a factor there? And in retrospect...Do you think you would've had a better experience at an HBCU Law School like Howard overall?

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