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Ethnics:

I was looking on Westlaw for the Colorado case involving the affirmative action initiatives, and found this case title (2008 WL 2205060):

Colorado Citizens for Ethnics in Government v. Committee for American Dream

Odd, I thought -- isn't "Ethnics" an oddly archaic term to use in that group name (or is it just an old group, like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)? Reading the court's official case name rather than Westlaw's, though, made matters clear: The petitioner is the Colorado Citizens for Ethics in Government. Whoops! I'll e-mail Westlaw about this, but I thought I'd note this while it hasn't yet been fixed.

krs:
How is it that 2 interest groups in support of such uncontroversially noble causes got into a dispute with each other? Is it a matter of limited resources and prioritization leading to an unfortunate conflict, much like the black activists and women's activists once debated whether black suffrage or women's suffrage should come first?
6.9.2008 4:49pm
one of many:
I suspect it is a chicken and egg dispute. Citizens no doubt feels that more ethnics in government will make the American dream possible while Committee feels that obtaining the American dream will result in more ethnics in government.
6.9.2008 4:54pm
b.:

... I thought I'd note this while it hasn't yet been fixed.

Why?
6.9.2008 5:39pm
Anderson (mail):
I was just reading the first chapter of James Patterson's Grand Expectations (Oxford History of U.S. 1945-74), and he uses "Ethnics" in the chapter title along with blacks &women.

It did strike me as odd -- who is a "non-ethnic"?

Patterson's book won the Bancroft Prize in 1997.
6.9.2008 5:45pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
b.: Because it's mildly amusing?
6.9.2008 6:35pm
Hoosier:
Anderson:

"It did strike me as odd -- who is a "non-ethnic"? "

I know what you mean. But I'm not sure "Ethnically Dutch" sounds right.
6.9.2008 11:41pm
EPluribusMoney (mail):
So no one is fighting for ethnics after all.

Whenever someone complains about not enough minorities somewhere, I wonder if there is also the proper percentage of Poles, Finns, Bohemians, Castilians, Welch, etc.
6.10.2008 11:02am
David Chesler (mail) (www):
I've wondered the same thing about "ethnic food" and "ethnic restaurants", but apparently the major blocs in Massachusetts politics are described as "Yankee" and "Ethnic".

How is it that 2 interest groups in support of such uncontroversially noble causes got into a dispute with each other?


BRIAN:
Brothers! Brothers! We should be struggling together!

FRANCIS:
We are!

BRIAN:
We mustn't fight each other! Surely we should be united against the common enemy!

EVERYONE:
The Judean People's Front?!
6.10.2008 1:38pm
Dilan Esper (mail) (www):
(In Emily Latella voice) "What's all this I hear about Ethnics in Government?"
6.10.2008 3:52pm