I was a liberal once. I still identify as a more traditional liberal; I support the right to free speech, the rule of law, the Constitution, and civil rights. However, I feel as though political liberalism has been lost on me and has instead developed into a very ideological form of leftism. I now feel politically homeless as a result. I really don’t support any of the major political parties.
I worked as a private practice attorney for many years, specializing in family law. In addition, I have a psychology degree and therapy experience. So, using both of them in family law was a good idea, and I found it rewarding to advocate for victims of domestic abuse. I even put in pro bono hours in that field because I hated it in private practice when clients would come in with terrible stories but lack the funds to hire attorneys. I would always die from that.
I jumped at the opportunity when my current employer had an opening because I wanted to represent victims of domestic violence without worrying about who had the money to pay and who didn’t. I thought it was a great opportunity for me, and I enjoy the work a lot.
Our headquarters are in Philadelphia, which regrettably has significant issues with domestic violence, poverty, and crime. People of color make up the majority of our clientele, and when George Floyd was murdered in June 2020, our office held meetings to discuss it because everyone was upset.
This led to the creation of what are now known as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) sessions, where staff members were divided into affinity groups according to their ethnicity, such as a white group and a Black group, for example. Although I was forced to go to a meeting of a white affinity group, I eventually got permission to skip it because I didn’t agree with racial segregation.
As a Jew, I also believed that being divided based on race was the last thing I wanted to experience. I didn’t think that would lead to anything worthwhile. I also thought it was very retrograde. I believed that instead of listening to one group over another and dividing ourselves into groups, we should work together more and adopt a more humanistic perspective. That, in my opinion, was the only way to deal with racism.
My organization’s strategy, in my opinion, is very polarizing and detracts from our mission. It didn’t, in my opinion, actually assist any victims of domestic violence. Additionally, I don’t believe it produced any tangible results. Therefore, a lot of time was lost, which cost money. Time is money in any organization or business, so it goes without saying.