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"...implicit bias”—a largely bogus body of work that tries to tease out in lab subjects hidden discrimination against blacks."

Would someone be willing to point me to where work on implicit bias has been found to be "largely bogus"?

Also, to the person that commented regarding the dissociation of one's pedigree from one's competency, we need look no further than the views espoused by Ms. Mac Donald and whence she came.
"Justice" is supposed to be blind. "Social Justice" seeks out so-called "victim" groups and stares down their "oppressors" with eyes wide open.

The Constitution does not call for "social justice".
Structural racial inequity begins when banks "choose where to open branches?" Maybe Wiley will look into the structural racial inequities of Planned Parenthood and where they choose to open their clinics--greater percentage found in minority neighborhoods. Could that contribute to the fact that abortions of black babies occur at roughly 3x the rate of white babies. Ms. Wiley?
"Spike Lee made news the other day by complaining in obscene language about the influx of stable white families into historically black sections of Brooklyn, his home borough."

He evidently thinks the people who moved out just disappeared into the ether. Math is hard.
"Yeah, right. Mr. Lee grew up in Brooklyn Heights, with middle-class parents. His whole "ghetto thing" has been pure schtick.

A friend of mine (black woman) who used to work for him, when I asked him if he hates white people, said, "Oh, God, yes!" and laughed. She added that he wouldn't hire any of us, either (of course, if he needs a honky for a role, he has to). Imagine if any of us tried to get away with that."

His mother was a schoolteacher. Apparently, he attended a specialty high school in Brooklyn with a scrum of AP options, thence to Morehouse College (the most selective black college in the country), thence to the School of the Arts at New York University for a graduate degree. (About 90% of the workforce lacks a graduate degree). He produced his first film at age 26, had an Academy Award nomination by age 32.

And, yet, he despises the country and people who have given him succor. (While likely never advocating anything that would improve the quality of life in the slums he does not live in one bit).

People's capacity to be graceless is pretty generous.
Of course, any society larger and more sophisticated than an agricultural village has occupational stratum. This hankering after 'equality' can never be satisfied.


"The Center for Social Inclusion" could never be a name for a conservative organization, except as a joke

It would never be because starboard organizations are concerned with actual social problems, not artificial ones. A deficit of 'inclusion' is not our problem. Negligence in the production of public services is a problem, as is chronic rent seeking and general perversity. The left does not address such problems; they exacerbate them.
Spike Lee, the ultimate bougie, lives on the Upper East Side and rails against honkies moving into black neighborhoods. Yeah, right. Mr. Lee grew up in Brooklyn Heights, with middle-class parents. His whole "ghetto thing" has been pure schtick.

A friend of mine (black woman) who used to work for him, when I asked him if he hates white people, said, "Oh, God, yes!" and laughed. She added that he wouldn't hire any of us, either (of course, if he needs a honky for a role, he has to). Imagine if any of us tried to get away with that.

Bottom line: Leftists' appetite for power is endless. As is their confusion of credentials with trenchant argumentation from sound premises(e.g., Lake Worth).

Nor will they ever acknowledge the progress we've already made: in Lefty Land, it's always 1875 in Alabama. Because the casus belli must always and forever be renewed.
Spike Lee made news the other day by complaining in obscene language about the influx of stable white families into historically black sections of Brooklyn, his home borough. Of course that demographic shift has had no impact on the declining crime rate, the declining poverty rate, the increase in the quality of life, and the improvement in the local public schools, has it?
And then there are the urban nightmares: Camden and Trenton and Newark and, of course, the Ueber-Inner City of the 21st Century - Detroit. There has been no white middle class influx into those cities, and the result is self-evident.
Unfortunately, where one obtains one's bachelor's and other higher education degrees is not necessarily an indicator of one's overall intelligence or abilities. Many skilled and effective practitioners in all manner of professions never set foot on an Ivy League (or other "elite") school's campus. Very poor indicator of one's worth in the working world.
Maya Wiley graduated from Columbia University School of Law and received a B.A. from Dartmouth.

She also took the side of justice related to the death of Sicilian-American Florence Cioffi in 2008. That Wall Street DUI killing remains one of the Top Ten horror shows of recent New York history.

"The Center for Social Inclusion" could never be a name for a conservative organization, except as a joke or a spoof to steal donations. Of course not. Try another read through Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities," if you please.
The genius of the Founding Fathers at work : Let the states/cities be the laboratories of the Republic . If NYC would like to pursue a race based socialist program ,by all means let them . We all await the results . Of course they good citizens could learn from the experience of Detroit but what fun would that be.
"Such actions condemn them to lives of poverty and self-destruction no matter how many laws force "equality" of jobs."

With the far left in control of NYC, those actions won't matter. Businesses will be forced to hire these losers in the name of "equality" or "social justice". No personal responsibility, discipline, or morals are needed.
I'm amused by the Ms. MacDonald's closing comment, to-wit: "Let's hope . . . his counsel at least occasionally reminds him that his office is a constitutionally limited one". Since when, in this country's recent (let's say the last 20 to 25 years)political history, have so many of our elected leaders and our judiciary felt constrained by constitutional limits? The constitution, be it state or federal, is what our "representatives" say it is at any given moment. I doubt that even if he was reminded of the constitutional limits of his office, Mayor De Blasio would agree.
This mayor redefines Empty Suit; indeed, he's a Bigoted Empty Suit. With more friends and appointments like this, one wonders what he'll be doing four years from now, and more importantly, who in his place will possibly be able to reestablish the City of New York.
When Wiley states that "race neutral policies block opportunities for communities of color" she is deliberately confusing the words opportunities and results. This reflects an identity politics mindset at its worst, and one that is solely interested in extracting spoils from the system, at the expense of equality and justice.
Mark Anthony Thomas February 26, 2014 at 9:28 PM
A grossly unfair portrayal. This is why it's difficult to get talented people to serve in the public space. Her work on racial justice is one of many areas of competence.
Born and bred a New Yorker, and returned after 4 years of bleah! in Ann Arbor,pursuing a PhUD, I could stand only 3 years more, though my late wife was a top editor of the blossoming SEVENTEEN mag. I used to lie awake nights in 1956-57 wondering what was keeping me awake. I decided it was "them vibes." At first I thought that after the quiet of Ann Arbor, it must be coming from the depths of Mannahatta, the movements of tunnels and trains, and traffic...what? at 3 am? No, it was something else, it was "them bad vibes." I have more or less followed the vicissitudes of governance in that city since then, but from afar. Alas, them vibes is grown terribly loud and worse than the horrors made up on TV these past years, which require escape via the remote, surfing from murder and bombs, fires and creatures of Boschian horror... Now we have at last this materialization and reification of nonsense, the word for which is Race and Racism. There is but one race, Homo saps. But one invents interests and differences, biases and prejudices all-too arbitrarilu and freely, all to see who gets what out of the common pot. There may be two sub-genres we call race; I call them XX adn XY, otherwise known familiarly as male and female. MacDonald is trying to sort out what is a stew of mish and mash.
The nomenclature is interesting. Racist liberals refer to high income areas as "areas of privilege." It's like Stokely Carmichael all over again. 8599893
Just like the Soviet Union, believe me.
Racial equality needs to begin in the classroom whereby every student of every race and color attends school, pays attention, completes homework and passes tests to verify intellectual competence. That does not happen in New York schools and most schools around the country where 7,000 students quit every day, where 50 percent of students quit or flunk out annually in most large cities, which means millions of kids prepare themselves for welfare and food stamp rolls. Such actions condemn them to lives of poverty and self-destruction no matter how many laws force "equality" of jobs. In the end, parents of minorities need to support their children and students need to make positive choices instead of drugs, gangs, dropping school, junk food, obesity and becoming derelicts in their own society. Frosty Wooldridge, former math-science teacher and world traveler across six continents to see how poverty manifests. It manifests through illiteracy.
In addition to calling for more race talk, Wiley argued against “race-neutral policies,” alleging that they “block opportunities . . . for communities of color.”
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So she's a run-of-the-mill race hustler.