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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:05 pm    Post subject: The horrors of racism and xenophobia (JBG goes Rabble-style) Reply with quote

The article excerpted below is about the death of one of New York City's greatest lawyers of all time, Arthur Richenthal. He died at the age of 92, after a full day of work, working out at a gym, and dinner with his family. During his life he attained significant decisions in Courts at the highest levels.

When he graduated Harvard Law School, one of America's top law schools (I believe Trudeau attended Harvard undergraduate or taught there, as did Iggy), the major NYC law firms wouldn't interview him, solely because of his religion. This demonstrates the tragedy and wrongfulness of racism. The inflictors, and the victims, suffer, as does society.

Article linked here, excerpts below:
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Arthur Richenthal died at the age of 92 of a heart attack on October 11, after a full day at work, an evening at the gym, and dinner with his family. Until his last breath, he did what he had done for decades: pursue the practice of law in a manner almost inconceivable for modern lawyers.

Law is now dominated by large firms and specialized attorneys, but Richenthal handled a remarkably broad range of matters. In recent years, cases included the successful resolution of a major intellectual property case and real estate and commercial transactions big and small, including one of the largest death settlements stemming from the destruction of the World Trade Center.

The breadth of his legal practice was the result of an upbringing in New York City that was classic in its hurdles and its opportunities. Born May 31, 1914, in the Bronx, he was one of the many success stories to come through the furnace of City College. When his father died and he needed to support his mother, he was permitted to skip school (for a job at Junior's) and merely take exams, although, because he could not contribute in class, the job came at the cost of lower grades.

Unable even to interview at any of the major New York law firms after graduating from Harvard Law School because of their restrictions on hiring Jews, he created his own firm and its scope his scope steadily expanded over time. Clients entrusted their lives to his care.

The service that benefited the greatest number of people, however, was the result of litigation with the city and state of New York. In 1975, Richenthal agreed to represent a tiny financial institution, the Flushing National Bank, which had a mere $33 million in deposits but had a $5 million investment in an asset that had become increasingly dodgy: New York City bonds. The city's finances at the time were in a mess, but in a classically flawed political fix, the state was threatening to pass a law placing a moratorium on debt repayment and the large banks, under tremendous pressure, had been rolling over whatever debt that they had been unable to dump before the full extent of the crises was well known.

Forcing the city to face reality fell to the Flushing National Bank. Richenthal sued to prevent the moratorium, saying it violated "the responsibility and pledge of faith" that had been made to note holders.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your on Canadian Lattitude?

You do realize thats the looniest of all left wing forums, right?

Anyways racism is awful. Hating one purely for something they can't control is wrong.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

westmanguy wrote:
Your on Canadian Lattitude? You do realize thats the looniest of all left wing forums, right?
Two responses:
  1. I am a left-winger myself; and
  2. I want to see how they'll handle racism when it applies to people that accomplish something in the real world, and that aren't the victim de jure.
I suspect there's at least some hypocrisy on Canadian Latitude and Rabble, though time will tell.
westmanguy wrote:

Anyways racism is awful. Hating one purely for something they can't control is wrong.
And as I point out, stupid. Richenthal would have been an asset to any organization that hired him.
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