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Monday, June 16, 2008

A lot of that going around

A lot of observers are, rightly if you ask me, bothered by last week's news about city councilwoman Cora Cole-McFadden's apparent role in the firing of former MV Transportation general manager Thomas Hartley. MV is the contractor hired by the city of Durham to run the DATA bus system, and an arbitrator last week upheld his contention that he was "unlawfully fired . . . because of his race."

Ms Cole-McFadden had, according to the arbitrator, told MV that it "needed some diversity in [its] management ranks," which may have led to Hartley's dismissal and subsequent replacement with someone who, the arbitrator wrote, "did not meet MV's own published qualifications for the job of general manager."

Let me be clear. I think that a diverse workforce that reflects the community around it is a good thing. But you don't achieve that by firing competent workers and managers and replacing them with whoever happens to be at hand.

That said, i wonder if any of the commenters in any of the media outlets that have covered this story, including the one here who wrote "Anyone in Durham who's been paying attention, at least since March or April 2006, knows that the white man is under siege . . . " have thought about their reaction to this story:
"Bradley J. Schlozman is systematically attempting to purge all Civil Rights appellate attorneys hired under Democratic administrations," the lawyer wrote, saying that he appeared to be "targeting minority women lawyers" in the section and was replacing them with "white, invariably Christian men." The lawyer also alleged that "Schlozman told one recently hired attorney that it was his intention to drive these attorneys out of the Appellate Section so that he could replace them with 'good Americans.'"

The anonymous complaint named three female, minority lawyers whom Schlozman had transferred out of the appellate section (of African-American, Jewish, and Chinese ethnicity, respectively) for no apparent reason. And in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week in response to questions from senators, the Justice Department confirmed that all three had been transferred out by Schlozman -- and then transferred back in after Schlozman had left the Division.

Schlozman, according to the Wall Street Journal as reported in TPM, is facing increased scrutiny from a federal grand jury for his role in the US Attorney purge scandal.

Just noting that those who have a "bunker" mentality might be well served to broaden the variety of sources they use to develop that particular worldview. It's acutally quite a bit more complicated than that.



  • Cora should be removed from the city council. Bigots and ignorant individuals like herself should not have the honor of serving in such a capacity.

    As we have seen from the leaders in....certain parts of Durham....your actions only are judged if you are the right color (currently in 2008 that would be whites). If this had been a white individual they would have been removed and we would have to hear the standard lecture of how racist whites are etc.

    Funny how all the racist and bigoted behavior in Durham seems to involve blacks. I thought whites were the devil? Funny how some people are so brainwashed to believe what has been rammed down their throat all through life and no examples and actual events will change there world view.

    Not sure why the posting of the bigoted lawyer.......guess if we prove that a minority is a bigot better show a white one to keep the world view alive and kicking.

    Both idiots should be removed.

    Also, it is not alleged that Cora did has been proven by a neutral arbitrator.

    By Blogger TrinityRez, at 5:01 PM  

  • it's my understanding that the arbitrator has found that MV violated the law and awarded a judgment.

    that does not mean, as it's been explained to me, that all of the statements attached to the case are considered to be "proven." What Cora did or didn't say would have to be the subject of a separate investigation.

    Anybody with more legal expertise who wants to weigh in?

    By Blogger Barry, at 5:09 PM  

  • Well let the investigation begin. Warning: DO NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH UNTIL THIS OCCURS DUE TO LIKELY FACING DEATH.

    I understood the finding to include the conclusion that yes Cora did pressure the company to fire the white manager. Based on Cora's political ties (Durham Committee for the Affairs of Black People, NCNAACP etc) it is not a strength to assume she is just another bigot in different skin color.

    As with most of America Durham definitely has a double standard.

    By Blogger TrinityRez, at 12:11 PM  

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