Just finished a two-hour legal ethics seminar that theoretically was attended by 100 lawyers. Since only two of them asked any questions, the rest might have been asleep for all I know. BOY i hate teaching on Zoom…
1. Good! Bradley Gayton,the Coca-Cola general Counsel responsible for the unethical–but woke!—extortion demand that all of Coke’s law firm’s lawyers had to meet diversity quotas among its lawyers or else has resigned, which means he was fired. Here’s Bradley:
From this I discern that Coke heard from its law firms that this arm-twisting was bad business, bad law and bad ethics, which it was. I have sympathy for the guy: he has been brainwashed into believing that race hucksterism and the diversity racket was ascendant, and wildly over-estimated just how crazy things were. Yet. In this way minority hires are being set-up to fail., but by their alleged allies.
2. I oppose organized boycotts as unethical, but if I didn’t, boy would I be organizing them against Mountain Dew, AT&T, Beats, Nike, Walmart, Rimowa, GMC and Blaze Pizza. All of these pay NBA super-star LeBron James to be their spokesman. James, not to put too fine a point on it, is an irresponsible, hate-mongering racist asshole. With nearly 50 million followers on Twitter, most of them either African-American or morons (because following the inane blatherings of any celebrity is proof of an empty life and a cranial vacuum) James essentially put a hit out on the officer who probably saved the life of one young woman by shooting the other one who was preparing to stab her. If the officer, whose photo James tweeted out with the sinister words, “You’re next!,” is not attacked or killed it will be by way of moral luck, and nothing else.
James took down the tweet, but then burnished his Ethics Alarms Asshole of the Year prospects by tweeting that he had done so “because its being used to create more hate.” Can you imagine? A tweet calling for vengeance against a white police officer being used to create hate?
“This isn’t about one officer. it’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism,” he said, whining that he was “so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY.”
None for Lebron, of course. The NBA, having no integrity or decency, won’t punish him. So far, no words of opprobrium from his corporate enabler. He’s a child, but the culture has made him one.
Twitter, meanwhile, has taken no action against James’ account despite his using it as the equivalent of “the black spot.”
3. More enlightenment from “Twelve Angry Men” regarding the Chauvin verdict! Another lapsed commenter, old friend Rick, most recently “strophius” here, points Ethics Alarms to the Russian film “12,” an adaptation of the the Henry Fonda classic. In “12,” a Chechen teenager is accused of murdering his Russian stepfather. The Fonda-like juror who argues for the boy’s innocence convinces his fellow jurors, then suddenly flips and argues for conviction because he is certain that the boy will be murdered if he is released. Rick writes, “It occurs to me that a similar ethical problem may have confronted the jurors in the Chauvin case: not so much concern for potential rioting and destruction as for Chauvin himself.”
As it is, Chauvin is being kept in isolation for his own safety.
4. “Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” CNN twin hacks Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon defended the police officer who shot the knife-wielding teen in Ohio! They did! They really did! Lemon said, “We’ve got to be fair about what happens when police arrive at scenes…when police are chasing people, they don’t know how old they are. When they roll up on a scene, they see people tussling around, someone has a knife, and their job is to protect and serve every life on that scene.And if they see someone who is in the process of taking a life … what decision do they have to make?”