September 26, 2008
Middle Easterners: Sometimes White, Sometimes Not
A few years ago, I was invited to interview for a tenure-track position as a law professor. I spent a pleasant day meeting with my prospective colleagues and received strong indications that I would receive a job offer. But a bloc of professors opposed my candidacy, and I ended up one vote short.
One faculty member called me to relay the unhappy news. Although disappointed, I was not disturbed until he said: "You shouldn't take any of this personally. The group that voted against you