October 7, 2012

Strange New Respect for judge in FDNY case

From the New York Times:
For Judge in Firefighter Discrimination Case, an Evolving Opinion 
By MOSI SECRET

One after another, nearly 150 white firefighters approached a lectern facing a federal judge and, voices sometimes trembling with anger, decried what they called a perversion of justice. Years of hard work to make it into the ranks of the department were being tossed aside to make way for unqualified minority candidates, they said, all in a questionable effort to end discrimination.

The target of their wrath sat silently before them: Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, whose expansive rulings have forced the New York Fire Department — “a stubborn bastion of white male privilege,” in his words — to overhaul its practices to hire more minority candidates.
One fireman, Sean Fitzgerald, bluntly accused the judge of playing a “social experiment” and questioned whether he was driven by “socioeconomic problems, personal ambition or inner guilt.” 
The remarkable demonstration of opposition, which played out over four days in federal court last week, underscored the degree to which Judge Garaufis has emerged as the most prominent and provocative figure in New York City’s most contentious integration battle in decades. Critics have dubbed him “Emperor Garaufis” and have accused him of being a publicity-seeking liberal crusader whose imposition of racial quotas has jeopardized public safety. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has called for his removal from the case. 
But the case has also highlighted the evolution of his thinking on the government’s role in helping minorities. A product of the machine-driven world of Queens politics, he fiercely opposed federally mandated integration efforts as a young school board member from a mostly white district in the 1970s. Decades later, he pulled aside a black colleague on the federal bench and asked him searchingly, “How does it feel to be a black person in society?”

And then Judge Garaufis asked his black colleague, "May I touch your hair?"

“How does it feel to be a black person in society?” As opposed to ... what? ... A black person living with a family of wolves in the wilderness?

Seriously, judging by the quality of analysis in his Vulcan Society decision, Garaufis appears to be an innumerate dolt (here's my 2009 analysis of his decision). But who cares about that when the New York Times only cares about Who? Whom? and Whose side are you on?

22 comments:

JustAClown said...

The key dynamics in play here are that the unwritten norms and mores of the upper class are guided by graduates of elite universities. This judge is a graduate of Columbia, undergrad and law. As such, this judge has never really had a real job in his life, going right from the ivy league to a high salary BigLaw job and then to the bench.

So his life was and is of the upper crust. In these elite colleges, the worldviews of young people are molded and shaped for life, molded and shaped by endless drilling in elite-friendly ideology, such as pro-multiculti, pro-diversity propaganda, anti-welfare for whites propaganda etc.

Then you have these un-elected federal judges. The American system of judicial review of the laws written by the representatives of the people is inherently undemocratic. The laws that the people must follow should be written by elected representatives of the people, such representatives being elected from small districts. That is the way they do it in the rest of the white nations. But not here in America:

American federal civil rights law are inherently undemocratic because representatives from such large districts cannot represent the electorate well. And unelected federal judges are not accountable to the will of the white majority working class.

So these system of unelected federal judges imposing elite-culture 'civil rights' laws on an unwilling white majority must be ended.

But it will not be ended because the white majority cannot even understand that the problem lies with the inherently undemocratic federal govt structure.

Instead, the white majority is divided into two warring blocs, each at each others' throats, screeching mindless epithets such as 'liberals!", "rightwingers!", "nazis!", "fascists!", "cultural marxists!" etc etc etc. Ad nauseum infinity....

Same as it ever was....

Anonymous said...

"he fiercely opposed federally mandated integration efforts as a young school board member from a mostly white district in the
1970s."
Of course he did. He was on his way up in politics back then. Now that he has a lifetime appointment to the bench, the fortunes of the common people do not matter so much.

Harry Baldwin said...

I guess the switch to Newspeak has been a great success. To the unindoctrinated it would be clear that the Judge is utterly unfit and the firemen have been wronged, but the New York Times is confident that its readers will interpret the article in the opposite manner, responding properly to the key code words.

minority = good
white = ungood
white male privilege = double plus ungood
justice = minority privilege

Shouting Thomas said...

I'm an old man now, Steve.

Just need to work a few more years and, then, I'll retire. Thank God, I won't have to be pissed off about this stuff any more.

I've found a way to finesse the quota system. It's not enough just to be a good web programmer. That can be outsourced or handed over to an H1B visa holder.

No, you have to find a niche that demands high level English language skills, along with a subject matter focus that is located within the U.S.

It's been a struggle, but I found and continue to find that niche.

Whiskey said...

That's the whole point. White people, particularly White MEN, have to give up their jobs, possessions, and pretty much everything so Black, and Hispanic people can have more. As Michelle Obama said.

The thing is, most young White women believe the same thing. Ask most young, single White women, and they're fine with discriminating AGAINST White firefighters so that guys from the Ghetto and Barrio who are not qualified can be firefighters. And all those other things that ...

DO NOT AFFECT WHITE WOMEN.

When White women en-masse are chucked out of jobs in fashion, PR, education, health care, NGO-istan, entertainment, "journalism," and the like, then and only then will the Sailer Strategy of voting White collective interests be viable. Until then, the Judge has plenty of support. Who reads the NYT after all? Not people in the Ghetto. Its SWPL central, which means young(er) White women.

Affirmative Action will spread like the Blob to everything and everywhere, particularly as Blacks and Hispanics won't be founding the next Facebook, or Twitter, or working in energy extraction fields, or anything else that creates money and wealth and power. And they want more. Of all of that. The government exists to give them that by taking it away from White guys. That's the whole basis of the modern Western government the world over. Taking stuff away from White guys to give to unqualified Black and Hispanic people. So they can have money, wealth, and power.

Spoils politics 101.

Jason Sylvester said...

"There is not time enough left before the election for the white areas to understand the full implications of this order...In case the counsel of those seated less close to the fire than I am prevails, however, and I lose this election...Can I have the next Supreme Court vacancy, where I can legislate in safety far from the prejudices of the precincts?"

- Representative Martha Griffiths, D-Michigan, in a written letter to JFK, September, 1962 (as quoted in "President Kennedy: Profile of Power," by Richard Reeves, page 353).

Judge Garaufis has "grown" in the days since he was required to submit himself to a democratic election: the ghost of Martha Griffiths would be proud.

Anonymous said...

"But the case has also highlighted the evolution of his thinking on the government’s role in helping minorities."

But the case has also highlighted the evolution of his approach to payback

There, fixed that for you.

Anonymous said...

These white people should quit gaming the system by studying for firefighting tests more than black people.

After all who needs a test to determine if you are a better firefighter or not.

Anonymous said...

'Mosi Secret'.
I intially thought the whole article was an Onion style hoax due to the absurd name of the author, which for quick resembles 'Mostly Secret'.

Anonymous said...

Of course this judge would never describe the judiciary as a 'bastion of white male privelege' - which it is - far more than the fire department, for example.
Of course, you'd never ever see a systematic regime of anti white male discrimination applied to new entrants in the legal profession.
'Only for thr proles', you see.

Anonymous said...

Black women tourists in Asia may get this question several times a day.

Anonymous said...

The only way any of this will ever end is for white, Asian, and Hispanic parents to hit American where it hurts--their sports teams.

All over the land, these folk need to force school boards to impose racial quotas on high school football and basketball teams.

Next, the colleges. Yes, the member teams of the SEC must start giving whites and Asians and Hispanics a greater share of athletic scholarships, and they must be forced to PLAY those players in games.

It's only fair. After all, blacks are raised with black privilege in sports: their cultural background prepares them better for success in things athletic and bigoted coaches (those who think blacks are superior athletes to people of other racial groups) don't give a fair shake to students of those groups. That wrong must be made right.

It has to start with sports.

Anonymous said...

@ Shouting Thomas

You think your problems will be over when you're retired?

eah said...

the quality of analysis

Since when is "analysis" required in cases of 'disparate impact'? You just have to take a simple look at the results broken down by ethnicity.

Anonymous said...

The only way any of this will ever end is for white, Asian, and Hispanic parents to hit American where it hurts--their sports teams.

Wrong. They only way this will end is for whites to stand up as whites. As long as whites pretend race doesn't exist or it is ideology only that matters they will continue to cram it up our rear end.

slumber_j said...

Somebody beat me to it, but I'd like a readout on the name "Mosi Secret."

peterike said...

A rather hilarious list of comments about the slightly deranged judge in question.

http://www.therobingroom.com/Judge.aspx?ID=8#comments

Also, check out his marital choice.

Elizabeth Seidman, who directs a nonprofit organization in New York, and Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of United States District Court in Brooklyn, were married last evening at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows. Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, officiated.

Ms. Seidman, 49, is keeping her name. She is the executive director of the FJC Charitable Fund, which provides advisory services and administers grants... The bride is a daughter of Annabel and Bert Seidman of Falls Church, Va. Her father retired from the A.F.L.-C.I.O. in Washington. He directed the labor federation's department of social security, occupational safety and health, and is a consultant to the Alliance for Retired Americans, an advocacy group in Washington.

artie said...

@Thomas:

"No, you have to find a niche that demands high level English language skills, along with a subject matter focus that is located within the U.S."

Yes, yes, and yes. That's why women are having an easier time of it in the abattoir known as the US economy.

I would tell any young man who axes me, "find a trade."

@Sailer,

"May I touch your hair?" I cry bullshit. Never happened. This is a ubiquitous urban myth propagated by the Oprah crowd. I've never known a white person to want to touch a black person's hair. Come to think of it, I've never known a black person to want to touch a black person's hair.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it feels too bad. I don't see any blacks ever move back to Africa. I do see lots of blacks move to white countries around the world.

Truth said...


"May I touch your hair?" I cry bullshit. Never happened...."

I would estimate that I've been asked that 3-5 times.

Maya said...

"May I touch your hair?" I cry bullshit. Never happened...."

My mom asked a black classmate if she could touch her hair, when they were both taking ESL at a community college...

Anonymous said...

"I would estimate that i've been asked that 3-5 times".

Okay, I have averaged that to four. So if your forty years old (I admit i do not know your age) that works out to once EVERY TEN YEARS. Is that such a big deal? So every decade somebody asks to touch my hair. I can simply say NO.

Personally i have never asked or wanted to touch any black person's hair. Nor have i ever known any white person who has ever asked or wanted too either.