In 1988 Michelle Robinson [Obama] wrote an essay entitled “Minority and Women Law Professors: A Comparison of Teaching Styles” for the newsletter of Harvard’s Black Law Students Association. Her contention? Harvard was perpetuating “racist and sexist stereotypes” by intentionally not hiring minority and female law professors on the basis of their sex or skin color.
Another fan of Critical Race Theory!
The future first lady justified her demands for more black and female law school faculty by attacking the “traditional model,” in which law students were educated through the Socratic method.
She also opposed the traditional meritocratic hiring principle, where professors with better legal pedigrees were more often hired, arguing that it limited the success of women and blacks.
“The faculty’s decision to distrust and ignore non-traditional qualities in choosing and tenuring law professors merely reinforces racist and sexist stereotypes,” Mrs. Obama wrote, ”which, in turn, serve to legitimize students’ tendencies to distrust certain types of teaching that do not resemble the traditional images.”
In particular, she condemned the Harvard law professor ideal made famous in John Osborn’s 1970 book “The Paper Chase” and Scott Turow’s 1977 autobiographical novel “One-L,” for promoting the view that law school faculty should be “cold, callous, domineering, old, white men who took pleasure in engaging their students in humiliating and often brutal discourse.” She faulted her fellow students for being “racist” and “sexist” and buying into that particular “image” of a proper law school education.
Instead, she praised the teaching of several professors who didn’t use the Socratic method, including the far-left academics Martha Minow and Charles Ogletree. Minow’s father, Newton Minow, later recruited Michelle and Barack Obama to Sidley Austin, the Chicago law firm where the two met. Ogletree, who mentored both Michelle and Barack at Harvard, admitted during the 2008 election that he had concealed a videotape of Obama praising “critical race theory” architect Derrick Bell.
Michelle also gushed praise for critical race theory itself — the view that law is an instrument of the powerful against the powerless, rather than an effort to seek justice.
Oh, hell no. Wouldn’t want people hired based on what they know and what they have achieved. Best to hire based on skin color.
And before anyone stones me, yes – there was a sorely needed ‘catch up’ period. But it’s 2012, not 1964.
As a parent spending a good bit of cash on Harvard, would you want someone qualified or a ‘token’ who was not as qualified?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the job of the still functioning EEOC (‘diversity’ regardless of merit) to ensure a proper racial head count?
More, including a video of the first lady doing her thing at Harvard, at Just Piper.