Allan Favish is a Los Angeles-based attorney whose focus is on General Insurance Defense and Litigation Insurance Coverage/Reinsurance & Bad Faith Litigation. A UCLA graduate, he received his J.D. at Hastings College of Law in 1981.
In "Cal 'Reject' Turns to West Point," (Aug. 25) Lance Williams quotes Cal's undergraduate admissions director, Bob Laird, as justifying Cal's racial preferences by saying: "We believe that (Cal's) rich diversity of background and intellectual perspective is one of the very reasons why so many students want to study at Berkeley."
I wonder if Laird can explain what intellectual perspective all blacks or Chicanos have and how that differs from the intellectual perspective of all Whites or Asians. Then I want to know if that different intellectual perspective allows me to discriminate against all blacks and Chicanos because their intellectual perspective does not suit my business.
Then I would like to invite Laird to speak at a Klu Klux Klan meeting where his use of race as a proxy for intellectual perspective will be warmly welcomed.
San Francisco Examiner, September 3, 1996, p. A-12