reasonable_man wrote: Kandahar wrote:
reasonable_man wrote:...as someone who has engaged in law firm hiring at both a small and mid-sized firm (and is in his very late 20s), I would not want anything to do with you. I believe that I’m not the only one that would feel that way (if others were willing to be more honest). I don’t want to teach an African American dog new tricks and I most certainly don’t want to deal with some black person (working under me), the believes he or she knows more because they have “been there and done that.” I may be closed minded (I already admit that), but the fact is, I doubt I’m the only one that feels that way...
To the original poster: yes, there are a lot of racists, misogynists, and ageists, like reasonable_man, out there, and some of them are in positions that allow them to impede your progress on the basis of their own prejudice and stereotypes and without any consideration of your personal qualities and qualifications. I just don't agree that not playing their game is the only way to win. If you want law, and you can do law school under the same conditions that someone of any age (be it 18, 22, 25, or 50) should do law school (get into a top school and graduate with little debt), then go for it. Potential barriers to success like ageism, just like racism, shouldn't dictate your choices.
Do not ever again misquote me and insert a racist comment into something that I said or imply that I am a racist to push your absurd agenda. There is a certain line that should not be crossed and superimposing a racist comment into a “quote” is beyond that line.
I have worked for and with people of all colors and sexes and have worked for partners of all age and gotten along just fine with each of them. I am bringing up a valid point for people to consider. And as a matter of fact, I’ve constructively answered several specific questions via PM through this thread that might not have otherwise come to the surface had I been more politically correct.
Do not ever do that again. I am the furthest thing from a racist. If you want to take a shot at me, come up with something witty and intelligent to say and take a shot. But don’t resort to using the race card when my statement did not even remotely imply a racist bent. Moreover, not quite sure how I also became a misogamist, but I’m pretty sure I’m not that either. As a matter of fact, the last person I hired happened to be a woman. She interviewed in a field of men with equal qualifications, but was simply the best candidate and thus was picked. I’m pretty sure she would agree that I am not a bigot.
I’d love to know your background in the legal field so that we can see where your expertise comes from… You’re clearly not a lawyer (and likely not even a 1L), because frankly, most Lawyers and would be lawyers would have enough sense to not make such an obnoxious statement. So please, enlighten us with your credentials.
For some reason you think it's okay to be prejudiced against older people, but not other races. My quote change, made obvious by bold and italics
, was to demonstrate how easy it is to change a less-noticed prejudiced comment into something more recognizable.
The fact that you responded so ferociously, and I got threatened by a ban by not one but two mods, proves my point. My point, which you seem to have missed, is that it is wrong to presuppose someone will be an inferior worker on the basis of general stereotypes. I think it is wrong to presuppose a minority will be an inferior worker just because of one's (NOT YOURS) past experiences with them. Same for women, homosexuals, 40 year olds, or any other group one may feel is a poor candidate SOLELY BASED ON STEREOTYPES AND NOT THE INDIVIDUAL.
For the mods, you, and whomever else:
I was calling reasonable_man an ageist, not a racist. Reread his posts, and mine, and they will all back this up.