This Week in White Supremacy #128: A Black Law Partner’s Perspective

Butler Snow partner Orlando R. Richmond Sr. explains the three top reasons lawyers of color are minimized and ultimately leave law firms and what steps firms should take to turn the situation around.


  • N.C. Supreme Court Rules on Racial Justice Act Hearings | Time
  • Black Enterprise on Twitter: “NJ Gov. Phil Murphy Names First Black Woman To State Supreme Court” / Twitter
  • IBM ends all facial recognition business as CEO calls out bias and inequality | TechCrunch
  • Morgan Mckay on Twitter: “BREAKING: NYS Assembly just passed the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act by a vote of 140-3” / Twitter
  • Gen. Charles Brown: First black service chief in US military history confirmed by Senate – CNNPolitics
  • Richard Sherman on Twitter: “I respect it. This is change. This fan base isn’t the most diverse or inclusive and takes a lot of courage to take this stand in this sport.”  => NASCAR on Twitter: “.@bubbawallace will run a special paint scheme to honor #BlackLivesMatter for Wednesday night’s race at @MartinsvilleSwy.
  • NASCAR bans Confederate flags at its events
  • Akilah Green on Twitter: “Washington Redskins, you’re up.” / Twitter
  • 49ers’ Richard Sherman believes Colin Kaepernick deserves job in NFL | NBCS Bay Area
  • David Tanenhaus on Twitter: “My favorite Civil War era monuments are still the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.” / Twitter
  • From Donald A. Franklin, MBA: Dance in the Streets for Revolution


  1. Sweet Summer Child on Twitter: “I don’t think people realize how young Medgar, Malcolm, and Martin were. Not one of them saw 40.” / Twitter
  2. Barbara Arnwine, Esq. on Twitter: “A3 American policing originated with the slave patrols during American slavery which were designed to intercept any “slaves” attempting to escape, and to guarantee that slaves did not interact between plantations.
  3. L.A. Times Sports on Twitter: “The first of Tea Katai’s posts was a screenshot from a video showing two New York City police officers driving their vehicles through a crowd of demonstrators with a caption, in Serbian, that translates as “kill the s—-!”
  4. Fort Lauderdale police investigate use of rubber bullet | Miami Herald
  5. Aᴀʀᴏɴ Cᴀʟᴠɪɴ on Twitter: “Wow, The Blazing Saddle, a gay bar in Des Moines’ East Village, was violently raided by police on Monday, the same night peaceful protesters were kettled on the Capitol steps. This account is really harrowing.
  6. What You Can Do to Lift Up Breonna Taylor and Other Female Victims of Police Brutality
  7. From Eric Garner to George Floyd, a brief chronology of the violence against African Americans – The Washington Post
  8. Longtime police brutality drove American Indians to join the George Floyd protests – The Washington Post
  9. The Help is most-viewed movie on Netflix amid anti-racism protests |
  10. Cynthia on Twitter: “Movies NOT to watch when trying to educate yourselves on racism: The Help The Blind Side The Green Book Freedom Riders Any other White Savior movie…” / Twitter
  11. michaelharriot on Twitter: “Stop saying you’re colorblind or you “don’t see color.” If the only way you can acknowledge someone’s humanity is to pretend their culture and history doesn’t exist, you need to examine yourself. Plus, I love being black. This shit’s dope AF when the cops aren’t around.” / Twitter
  12. [thread] David Stamps on Twitter: “My first year in my #PhD program, as a GA, included listening to a professor, in 2016, joke in a room with 200 students how simply it is to get out of a parking ticket, only white male undergrads jokingly shared stories – I shut down the conversation (con’t) #blackintheivory” / Twitter
  13. How White Women Can Use Their Privilege to End Racism | ZORA
  14. Bev Gooden on Twitter: “This nation made monuments of slave traders and then told black people to get over slavery.” / Twitter
  15. Darwin BondGraham on Twitter: “Last night in East Oakland CHP officers shot and killed Eric Salgado during a traffic stop on the 9600 block of Cherry St. His family is out here mourning. Police have not released much information about the incident.” / Twitter
  16. [thread] Sean Trainor on Twitter: “A long time ago, when I was younger and dumber, I did a police ride-along with a high school classmate who had gone on to become a cop. It was one of the most chilling and radicalizing nights of my life. (Thread)” / Twitter
  17. Law Enforcement Killed 90 Oakland Residents Since 2000, And 74 Percent Were Black | East Bay Express
  18. [thread] michaelharriot on Twitter: “So much of history has been whitewashed for the sake of making it palatable for white consumption that we are starting to perpetuate things that are not only misconceptions, but outright lies. A lot of what you’re told about protests, MLK, etc. is wrong. A thread.” / Twitter
  19. Josh Campbell on Twitter: “The attorney for one of the officer’s charged in George Floyd’s death says that if the public is so concerned about Floyd’s death, why didn’t any citizen witnessing the incident intervene. What?!!” / Twitter
  20. Ron Perlman on Twitter: “Breonna Taylor’s killers have names: Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove.” / Twitter
  21. pauly casillas on Twitter: “Racists will say shit like “Speak English. This is America. We don’t speak Spanish here.” Then go live in a city called Buena Vista or some shit” / Twitter
  22. Evette Dionne on Twitter: “Officer Brett Hankison, one of the three police officers who killed Breonna Taylor, has been accused of sexual assault by two women. One study found that sexual misconduct is the second-most-frequently reported form of police misconduct.” / Twitter
  23. Geoff Bennett on Twitter: “Things President Trump is against: – changing Confederate names of U.S. Army bases – removing Confederate statues and monuments – athletes silently protesting police brutality and racial injustice – putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill” / Twitter
  24. Jeff Mason on Twitter: “Larry Kudlow says he does not believe there is systemic racism in the United States at all. “I do not,” he says when questioned again.” / Twitter
  25. Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a…” / Twitter
  26. Tulsa Police Major Says Black People Aren’t Shot Enough
  27. Rep. Val Demings on Twitter: “Tulsa was the site of the worst racist violence in American history. The president’s speech there on Juneteenth is a message to every Black American: more of the same.” / Twitter
  28. Tim Wise on Twitter: “White folks who say we shouldn’t think ill of people who owned slaves bc ‘back then everyone thought that was OK,’ ignore two things: 1) enslaved folks didn’t & ignoring their feelings makes you racist, and 2) white abolitionists didn’t. Ignoring them disrespects white allyship.” / Twitter
  29. Luxury Bag Factory Worker Jailed For A Facebook Post

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