Monday, September 18, 2006

Black, White, and Red-Handed, Part III

The "shrimp boil" controversy continues. Here is a letter to the editor in today's Minnesota Lawyer newspaper:

This week I read with dismay the article in the Star Tribune about the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) shrimp boil gathering as explained by Katherine Kersten, the Star Tribune columnist. How is it that in 2006 we as lawyers can tolerate discrimination of any kind in our legal community?

The MABL celebration and summer social was described by Kersten as being limited solely to minority attorneys, minority summer associates and minority law students ... no other guests please! If this association receives funding from our bar association, it should be eliminated if the statement is accurate that the group is practicing blatant and inexcusable discrimination and bigotry. We must not accept bigotry at any level in the legal community and funding and tolerance must stop for any segregated activities.

It is hypocritical of Jerry Blackwell to oppose Maslon’s application to Diversity in Practice, when he apparently is helping sanction discriminatory activities by our local bar groups.

— Jodi Langhorst,

Prior Lake, Minn.

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