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  •  My first real job out of college (13+ / 0-)

    was working for the Wall St. firm where he first got started and was eventually fired from for still somewhat mysterious reasons (although people I worked with who knew him there had their own less than flattering ideas). To its credit this wasn't a typical blue blood Wall St. firm for mostly Ivy League WASP types (although it hired those as well, who tended to work for and run its investment banking division). It hired "ethnics", so to speak. Like Bloomberg.

    But in my experience they were mostly conservative Reagan Democrat outer borough whites of the sort who read the NY Post and would later become Fox News viewers (the network did not yet exist at the time), with very few blacks and Latinos. I know for a fact that it practiced hiring discrimination against the latter, having been told this by a former HR worker.

    But my main point is that it practiced and validated Bloomberg's version of meritocracy, that if you're smart and work hard you can succeed, so long as you're from the right ethnic group. To its credit it expanded the opportunity to succeed in finance to people whose ancestors didn't summer in Newport or Saratoga Springs. To its discredit it restricted this expansion to only certain "acceptable" non-WASP ethnic groups. This is where Bloomberg comes from.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 07:30:27 AM PDT

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    •  Neither Quinn nor Lhota are WASPs (0+ / 0-)

      Quinn is an Irish Catholic, and Lhota is also a practicing Catholic, of Czech, Italian, and Jewish ancestry.

      I'm really sick of the Ethnic Identity Politics in this city.

      •  You didn't read my comment, did you? (7+ / 0-)

        Because you are validating the points I made in it, that there are now "acceptable" minorities and "unacceptable" ones. The days when it was WASPS vs. everyone else are long gone.

        And if you're sick of such politics, perhaps you should expend your angry energy demanding that those who practice it stop doing so. Calling out racism is NOT racism, just as calling out class warfare is NOT class warfare.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 09:55:38 AM PDT

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      •  Ethnic identity politics (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm really sick of the Ethnic Identity Politics in this city.

        Well, it's a fact of life in just about every major American city. It's in the air that New Yorkers breathe and isn't going away anytime soon.

        •  The interesting thing is (2+ / 0-)
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          there's actually been less of it this time around than ever. I'm old enough to remember the days when the Democratic Party ran NYC uncontested, and the citywide ticket had to be "balanced", with a Jew, and Irishman, and an Italian running together. Notice that a) there are a couple of ethnic groups that were pretty populous in the city even back then who weren't on the ticket - ever, and that I said Irishman.

          Eventually other, non-white groups and women were at least able to assert some power, but I'm really liking that people seem to be ignoring ethnicity, sex and sexual orientation in making their choices this time. Some of the most conservative Dems I know are voting for the married lesbian, while most of my gay friends are going for the straight white guy. Go figure.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 01:54:22 PM PDT

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