Stay classy, Above The Law!
Above The Law, which styles itself a legal profession gossip site and half-baked professional ethics watchdog, has been a useful resource for me on occasion, though the commentary of its writers, particularly lead writer Elie Mystal, has often left a lot to be desired ethically and logically. My last four posts regarding Above the Law, going back a year, have been Ethics Dunce entries, and there easily could have been more.
I used to get Above the Law’s stories sent to my in box, as I had subscribed several years ago. Then I noticed that I wasn’t getting them any more, so I subscribed again. I got notices for a few days, then they stopped. Again I subscribed. Again, my subscription vanished.
I just re-subscribed today, and expect that I will again be cut off.
Ethics Alarms has, it seemed, been “unfriended” by Above The Law, because I have had the impertinence to point out the increasingly lunk-headed ethics confusion and partisan bias of the site. Wow, that’s petty! That’s also cowardly: the site seems to think that if I don’t know about their frequently misguided posts, I wouldn’t be able to criticize them. In fact, they are mostly right. I have now more than once gone many weeks without noticing the lack of the site’s notices in my e-mail. Life without “Above the Law’ is still rich and full of joy.
I did check today, however, which is when I discovered my latest subscription was gone with the wind. While I was responding positively to the site’s invitation to me to subscribe (for the 4th time), I checked the most recent posts, and saw this, from Elie, naturally…
Praising a recent post by a professor who was criticized for openly supporting Black Lives Matter—a group that declares on its website that the deaths of “Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police” were “murders” before any investigation or assessment of the events leading up to the shootings has been completed—Mystal’s post, titled “To Be Honest, I’m In No Mood To Explain #BlackLivesMatter To White People Today” reads in part…
…Of course people who do not think black lives matter worth a damn were going to use this incident to try to discredit the movement.
This post is a good counter to all of that… if countering the racist agenda of Confederate America is what you are inclined to do today.
I’m not. I am not inclined to explain myself to white people today. I do no feel the need to create a false equivalency between the dangers that cops face from the general public as they do their jobs, and the dangers black people face, from the police, as they try to live their lives.
They are two different things. Cops are paid to put themselves in dangerous situations and handle themselves professionally and appropriately. Black people are citizens entitled to due process of laws.This isn’t a race war. It’s state-sponsored terrorism against African-American communities pitted against the proliferation of firearms in the hands of too many people.
Explaining why #BlackLivesMatter is a call for social change while #BlueLivesMatter is a fig leaf for police oppression might be an argument that some white people need to hear today. But you’ll have to go to some other brother to get it.Me, I’m just out here survivin’ y’all. And that is hard enough without having to figure out how to explain things in a way Rudolph Giuliani would understand.
Fuck Rudy. Fuck you if you agree with him. That’s my argument. Have a nice weekend.
Well, that was informative! I used to think Mystal was just an unusually opinionated Ethics Dunce with a law degree who could be relied upon to come down on the wrong side of a legal ethics story about 30% of the time. Now I know Elie’s also a racist and an unprofessional, emotion and bias-driven hack as well…and that Above the Law holds its writers to no standards of fairness, civility or responsibility.
All this is good to know for future reference. Meanwhile, I do agree with Rudy (on this, if not much else), and I eagerly await my subscription’s next mysterious cancellation.
[NOTE of CORRECTION: In the original post, I misspelled Mr. Mistral’s name as “Ellie” because that’s how my eyes have always read it. It’s “Elie,” though—why, I don’t know.]