Post-Seminar Ethics Smorgasbord,2/22/21: Based on #4, I Think The End May Be Near…

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?”

22 thoughts on “Post-Seminar Ethics Smorgasbord,2/22/21: Based on #4, I Think The End May Be Near…

  1. On 1:

    LeBron James is an idiot. An idiot that is exceptionally skilled veryy narrowly in the feild of basketball. Have you ever heard this guy give an interview? He is fundamentally incapable of forming a coherent sentence.

    I understand why it’s necessary to call him out when he posts something stupid, he has amazing reach. People hear what he says, and because he is saying stupid things, he makes the people that listen to him dumber by osmosis… But I hesitate to go too hard on him, because at some point it feel like making fun of someone with a mental handicap.

    • As I recall, LeBron was a big high school player and jumped directly to the NBA. No stop-off at NCAA, where maybe, via osmosis, he might have accumulated a bit of intelligence. Gawd knows that is not readily available in high school. So he was all teed-up for the Twitterverse: big audience and no tools to sound remotely intelligent.

      • I doubt the man child had to pay attention in a single class past fifth grade. I’m sure he was being offered money under the table as early as eighth grade.

    • Time to retell that ole Michael Jordan joke.

      Reporter: Do you think the ’90s Bulls could beat LeBron and his team?
      MJ: Yes, by two or three points.
      R: That close?
      MJ: Well, you know, most of us are in our 50s now.

  2. No thoughts on John Kerry’s statement that we must rid the atmosphere of all co2?

    I suppose he does not realize that co2 is a required gas that plants need or that humans need to stimulate a respiratory action.

    The fact that no climate scientist called him out on his ignorant pronouncement proves that climate experts are simply political operatives with a science degree.

    • And now we have a Secretary of the Treasury who’s a climate change expert! Next thing, St. Anthony of Fauci will be made Secretary of State. Hey, he did stay at a Holiday Inn last night!

    • The New Green George Floyd Defund the Police Equity and Inclusion BIPOC Trans Women’s Rights Economic Justice* New Deal isn’t about addressing the environment. It is about UN control of the entire planet, the economy, redistribution of wealth from the first world to the “developing” world, and the means of production. It is mindboggingly idiot to target a 60% reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2060 when China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and large swaths of Africa are exempt from the standards. Do you remember what the media said about COVID-19 lock-down results in Beijing? With no cars on the streets, the pollution cleared out and you had 10-mile visibility in all directions. Wahoo!

      jvb

      *Ed. Note: Did this obnoxious author leave anything out? Believe us when we tell you, his posting privileges are being scrutinized as we speak. Yu may not read much from him in the near future.

  3. 2. Jack. Jack. Jack. LeBron James will NOT be criticized in the least by anyone, never mind the outfits who have millions invested in him (he also owns a large stake in Beats, or the company that sold it to Apple or Microsoft or whoever owns it now) because … as far as everyone on the left is concerned, including these companies, everything he said was the God’s honest truth and he should be lauded for saying it. When confronted by these racist huckster shakedown artists, the appropriate response should be “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” A group comprising approximately thirteen percent of the population want total control. That’s how Democracy is supposed to work these days.

  4. The BLACK spot??

    Hello, PC police? I would like report a microaggression…

    Just kidding, I understood that reference.

  5. I suspect the jurors in the Floyd case were far more concerned about their own safety (knowing with absolute certainty that all 12 of them would have been very publicly doxxed within an hour had anything less than “guilty on all counts” been the verdict) than they were worried about Chauvin’s.

  6. #4: Chris and Don are really going to be upset when they discover they were spoofed by the person who told them the officer was black.

  7. Re No. 1; Coke’s Lawyers.

    Tell me how that happens? A corporate lawyer doesn’t really set company policy as much as keep compliance issues in check. Did this position get the blessing if Coke’s board of directors? Or did he just issue the policy because it was a cool policy?

    jvb

    • My guess is that he did this on his own, assuming he was immune from backlash. He chose—poorly. Which is what I meant by the last part: A-A hires are being set up to believe that they can get away with anything for “the cause.”

      • I wonder if that is the result of affirmative action or just a bone-headed action by an arrogant lawyer thinking he could/would throw around a bit of weight. Coke didn’t think too highly of it. Can you imagine Coke’s board of directors asking, “Wait. We have been represented by Huge Multinational Law Firm for decades, and now we are gonna throw them overboard to retain . . . who? Does that new firm know anything about international taxes? How about corporate governance? Import/export rules? International employment law? International trademark and patent law? If not, then, sir, maybe you should think about your future with this company.”

        jvb

  8. 1. I’m still holding off purchasing Coke products for the time being. I think it would be especially ethical for them to publicly state that they believe in simply hiring the best people for the job(s) they fill, regardless of skin color or any other physical differentiator. But separating themselves from someone with racist tendencies like Bradley Gayton is an admirable first step for sure!!

    Come on Coke! I’m thirsty for my favorite beverage again!!

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