Thursday, November 30, 2023
I penned an article in Tax Notes this week entitled, The Undemocratic Charitable Contribution Deduction. It's about the tax advantages afforded the wealthy via IRC 170. I am supposed to wait 30 days before posting it, but this can't wait because Alan Waldenberg sent my dean an email yesterday. Here is what he said:
I am the head of the tax department and the former Chairman of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, a major international law firm. I was shocked and appalled to see the blatantly anti-Semitic article that was recently authored by your Professor Darryll Jones. Why an institution of higher learning like yours would permit one of it’s Professors to publish an article that peddles in obvious anti-Semitic tropes such as this is a mystery to me. The age old depiction of Jews using their wealth to undermine democracy was far more at home in Nazi Germany than, I would have thought, on your campus!! I have also attached a letter signed by most of the major international law firms suggesting to the Deans a major law schools that they take the same unequivocal stance against anti-Semitism, racism, Islamophobia and the like as we law firms do. In this instance, I am surprised that FAMU has either apparently not taken our suggestion or has unknowingly allowed one of its faculty members to engage in such heinous conduct. I look forward to hearing your views which will be shared with the other major law firms who have taken such a strong position of these issues. Thank you.
Please read the article and tell me where I am being "blatantly anti-Semitic." And where I "peddle in obvious anti-Semitic tropes." Ambassador and former Utah Governor John Huntsman, one of the richer than God donors who cut off UPenn for asserted anti-Semitism, is the first person mentioned in the article at note 5. He's from Utah. I'm pretty sure he's friends with Joseph Smith and gives money to God at church, not synagogue. Anyway, if you agree with Alan you should contact my editor at Tax Notes. She and her staff of editors from hell ripped apart earlier drafts so they bear some responsibility for whether it is or isn't. Her name is Ariel Greenblum.
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