A lot of that going around
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.