My humble legal alma mater has hit the big time with one of its grads netting a Supreme Court clerkship.[Sparkle Sooknanan ’10 to Clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Brooklyn Law School, May 12, 1013]
If I had to predict the race of the first to achieve this, I would have said 'not white, not black, probably an Asian female.'
I was pretty close: she appears to be Indian (dot not feather) in heritage and Carribbean by birth, having emigrated from Trinidad and Tobago as a teenager. She will clerk for the explicitly anti-white wise Latina Sonia Sotomayor.
Asians and Indians have an advantage in the onrolling of Manifest Diversity. On the one hand, they aren't white, a fatal condition for a young American struggling to break into elite status from modest circumstances like, say, Brooklyn Law School. On the other hand, they don't have the low-IQ problem that really does, despite the Richwine unpersoning, keep minorities from federal clerkships. The business of actually operating the delicate legal machinery of multiracial America, amusingly, is only reluctantly handed to blacks and Hispanics. So Asians and Indians are a perfect fit: you can tout your diversity but sacrifice little in terms of performance.
And I have no doubt that this young lady is bright and capable.
But how many white students with stellar records coming out of modest law schools (or, less flatteringly, 'third tier toilets') will get the opportunity she gets?
One less, for certain. And that student could be my friend, my child, my wife. And that's just awful.
Diversity does not sparkle for everyone.