Until the minorities who are going to the good but not the most prestigious schools, those who are doing a good job, who are highly competent and have the intelligence and the energy to do terrific work -- until those people are looked at and hired in significant numbers -- I think you are going to continue to have serious recruitment and retention problems.The point being, obviously, that there is a difference between having law firms that are comfortable making minority hires in the case of super-over-qualified top-students and having them consider hiring minorities as a matter of course, even including those who are not head boy types. Obama states his assumption here that a lot of people who didn't go to Harvard are nevertheless very qualified to be lawyers and ought to be considered for various lawyer jobs.
That's not controversial, is it? I think it is so obvious as to be pretty much a truism. This statement doesn't even sound bad on the surface, it's just basically an all-around reasonable thing to say. What do you think Stanley Kurtz expects me to find objectionable about it?
***It should be noted that Stanley Kurtz is in the habit of thinking he is onto something that turns out to be nothing.