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Bar Exams Asking Cute COVID Hypos Because They Hate You
Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2020
If you’re taking the bar exam this week and worried about contracting a disease that continues to spread like wildfire around the country, don’t worry! The bar examiners have you covered with their, um, lack of masks and crowded spaces.
But they hear your concerns and wrote a test to provide you a little bit of mirth! How about some jokes about the very disease hanging over the whole proceeding? That’s what Oklahoma’s got for you:
Read the f**king room, people.
Seriously, this is in profoundly bad taste when, statistically, some applicants will have lost an acquaintance if not a close friend or family member to this illness. This is the sort of question that accomplishes little more than anxiety and trauma in some examinees. And given the disproportionate spread of the disease through minority communities, it’s also more likely than not that any adverse impact would befall applicants of color making it a racist move for good measure.
And some people scoffed when I said bar examiners just treat this as a pageant for their own amusement.
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