Actual race/sex/etc. discrimination in leadership positions
by prominent expressive associations
Paul-Finkelman at UTULSA.EDU
Tue Jun 6 10:15:46 PDT 2000
I have followed this discussion a little, and think we ought ot be a
little more precise about "leadership." I Boy Scout "leaders" is
hardly leadership in the sense that the President or Board of Directors
of the ACLU or NAACP is. Assuming for the moment that David Bernstein's
posting about ACLU trying to avoid Jewish leadership at the national
level (if so, it has not done a great job of that!) I doubt he would
find a similar policy at the local level. A Scout Leaders would be more
like local counsel for the ACLU than anything else. It is not even the
equivalent of a leaders at the County or State level. It is not even
the same as being an officer of a local ACLU, NOW, or NAACP chapter.
I think one other big difference is that these organizations do not
solicit donations from the general public through United Way, and other
very public/corporate oriented fund raising, nor do they sell
merchandise, as the Boy Scouts do.
Chapman Distinguished Professor
University of Tulsa College of Law
3120 East Fourth Place
Tulsa, OK 74104
E-mail: paul-finkelman at utulsa.edu
"Volokh, Eugene" wrote:
> The Dale v. Boy Scouts discussion has often discussed the
> rights of the ACLU, NOW, NAACP, etc. to discriminate based on race,
> sex, and the like in choosing their leadership. Does anyone know of
> any examples of such organizations -- whether those or others, but not
> religious organizations -- in fact so doing? I'm looking not just for
> flat mandates, but also incremental "plus factors" or
> race-/sex-conscious "diversity" schemes.
> Press accounts tell me that the ACLU had (at least in the
> 1970s) a 50% women quota and 20% "minority" quota (which I am told
> includes nonwhites, homosexuals, or the disabled) for its board
> membership. Can anyone confirm this?
> Please feel free to respond off-list, if you'd prefer.
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