When the video first appeared, I was sure it had to be a tourist. By tourist, I meant either an actual tourist or some out-of-town businessman, someone who wasn’t a New Yorker. That’s because I couldn’t fathom any New Yorker noticing, lest being bothered, by the fact that Spanish was being spoken in restaurant.
And this guy wasn’t merely bothered, but lashed out.
A Midtown lawyer was caught on video yelling racist comments at Spanish-speaking restaurant workers — and threatening to call immigration officers to have them “kicked out of my country.”
The nearly minute-long viral clip picks up with the unhinged man (right) railing, “Every person I listen to — he spoke [Spanish], he spoke it, she’s speaking it — it’s America!”
As it turned out, not only wasn’t it a tourist, but it was a lawyer. A Manhattan lawyer according to the font of such matters, Shaun King.
Some of you might be inclined to point out the the NYSBA is just a voluntary membership group that has nothing to do with attorney discipline, but King knows stuff because he’s studied it really hard, so don’t lawyersplain him. Then again, it’s not as if he’s the first passionate defender of the faith to make that flagrant mistake.
As for Schlossberg, assuming it is Schlossberg, this absurd rant has no doubt proven devastating to his practice, as well it should. The shame that will naturally rain down upon him is entirely his own fault, entirely of his own making. Much as it is inconceivable that anyone in New York, no less a lawyer, doesn’t appreciate that this city needs its Hispanic residents, couldn’t survive without them, he nonetheless let his prejudice come out. It was one inexcusable, godawful display, and he deserves every condemnation he’s gotten for what he did.
For those hearing a voice in their heads about illegals and MS-13 and Trump calling Latinos “animals,” keep it to yourself. What happened in this restaurant has absolutely nothing to do with any of these things. Just some nice folks in a restaurant speaking Spanish, as they are entirely allowed to do no matter what stupidity flows through your imagination.
But the omnipotent genius King immediately calls for his twitter followers to call the NYSBA to “look into [his] bigoted hate here and across NYC (?).” The one-eyed king has ruled: Off with his head. It must suck to be the poor schmuck answering the phones at the NYSBA, forced to explain to his loyal subjects that no, they have nothing to do with such matters, only to be “informed” that if King says they do, then they must because King knows stuff.
And that’s just the start of it.
— R.D. Walker (@RDWALKER1) May 17, 2018
Whether this outrageous rant is sufficient reason to destroy a lawyer is fair question, but the blood lust of the mob must be sated, so why not destroy his clients as well? Would there be no voice of reason to stand up against the mob?
Wait. How does it make sense to boycott his clients?
— Popehat (@Popehat) May 17, 2018
Despite Ken’s unimpeachable credibility, that didn’t assuage the mob.
Really? You don’t get that ruining his business would be one way of making him pay? Really? So, if you don’t want your business hurt, don’t hire this racist as-hole. You don’t get that? Really?
— R.D. Walker (@RDWALKER1) May 17, 2018
Salt the earth beneath his home. Tar his progeny for three generations. Beat up his children, and their children, and his clients’ children. Would it shock anyone if Schlossberg was found murdered in Bryant Park? Would it shock anyone of the unduly passionate cried no tears because, well, he deserved it?
Schlossberg’s conduct was reprehensible. He deserves to be named. He deserves to be shamed. And he has been, and it will certainly have a huge impact on his practice, not to mention is life. I cry no tears for this, as he brought it entirely on himself. How, and whether, he can rehabilitate his reputation is unknown at this point, but that too is his problem.
But that’s not even remotely harsh enough for the mob. They want him destroyed. They want his clients destroyed just to make sure he’s destroyed. Nothing short of the death penalty for Schlossberg, and everyone associated with Schlossberg, will suffice.
The forces of social justice aren’t really against the death penalty. They just want to change who gets executed. Aaron Schlossberg may be a disgrace, and he will have to bear that stigma, but he didn’t kill anyone. Yet the self-righteous mob demands his execution, because their hatred is special and right unlike the hatred of their adversaries.
The same cries for proportionality, for reasonableness, for empathy, that the mob demands for those for whom it favors it would deny to anyone else. Beware disgraceful people like Schlossberg. Beware the mob that wants to destroy anyone it hates.