Few weeks ago the State Bar of California, an otherwise governmental entity, continued with its now notorious shenanigans and took it upon itself to engage in the practice of "Selektzia".
Ms. Kristen A. Corpion, a 1L at U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall, was awarded $15,000 due to her parents' Puerto Rican background. A $5000 award from the State Bar of California and $10,000 from the Bar Association of San Francisco. (Photo:Courtesy)
The term "Selektzia" is and should not be a strange term to the Jewish people. It denotes the process of classifying and separating people according to their race, religion, and physical features as was practiced in Europe for purposes of discrimination.
The practice of Selektzia was utilized both formally and informally. For example, a teacher acting on a whim will allow only Aryan pupils with natural blond hair and blue eyes to sit in the front of the class. Slavic, Poles, Jews, and Gypsies were allowed only at the back of the classroom. Similarly, a law-firm in Germany might choose to omit photos of non-Aryan associates from promotional literature, for example.
Mr. William Herbert, a share holder with Calvo & Clark and the current president of the State Bar of California. (Photo:courtesy)
During World War II, King Muhammad V refused direct instructions from France and Germany to engage in selektzia by separating the Jews from the rest of the population and ship them to the camps in Poland. "There are no Jews in Morocco, there are only subjects," the king stated.
As such,it was shocking to observe the former and current presidents of the State Bar of California -- Messrs Howard Miller and Bill Herbert, both of whom are Jewish -- engaged in the practice of Selektzia with a smile on their faces as their respective law-firms obtain financial benefit.
Ms. Sonja Francine Marie Diaz (AKA Sonja Diaz) who according to the State Bar of California is the "eldest daughter of two highly educated chicanos" received $5000 from the State Bar of California for the sole reason of being a latino. Ms. Diaz, an adherent of the U.C. system, is currently 1L at U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall. Previously she obtained a B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz and an M.A. from U.C.L.A. (Photo:Courtesy State Bar of California)
The State Bar of California's Sleketzia ceremony, which was conducted under color of state law and by governmental officials, took place as part of a program in which the State Bar of California awards "Diversity Scholarships" to minorities only. White Need Not Apply.
28 law students shared $180,000 amongst themselves for the sole reason of being Latinos, African-Americans or APA.
Ms. Sonja Diaz, who according to the State Bar is the daughter of two highly educated chicanos, was awarded $5000 for the sole reason of being a latino. While the argument can and should be made that Ms. Diaz would have been a perfect candidate for a "Public Interest" scholarship, she should not have received any money for being a Latino.
"There are no Blacks, APA, or Latinos in the U.S., there are only Americans," Brodie stated.