Because freedom can't protect itself
Perhaps now a equal test may be given.
I am surprised that the ACLU did not look into the threat of a potential law suit to be filed if the test was not thrown out??? I believe it was by a local Black Community Leader? Isn't that like the good ole boys using threats?
Well hopefully local governments will learn a lesson. They can be sued by any race.
'Racial Equity' can never be achieved through discrimination.
Discriminating against a man or a Caucasian simply because she/he had the misfortune to not have been born to some other ethnic group is just as bad, just as damaging as to discriminate because they had.
As long as the ACLU and others claim that basing hiring/firing and other decisions on the ethnic group of the individual the cycle will continue.
Either basing decisions on ethnicity is O.K. or it isn't. You can't say that it's O.K. as long as it favors groups you personally support.
In this case the city was potentially denying hiring the best trained firefighters to protect their citizens simply because of the color of their skin. If that's not an example of 'political correctness' run amok, I don't know what is.
jilocasin...Unfortunately, the State has seen the need to support discrimination for a limited time in order to level the playing field. When our society becomes adequately color blind that the effects of past discrimination, including education and employment opportunities, becomes inconsequential, the need for State discrimination will end.
Be careful not to fall into the trap of assuming the test is an adequate indicator of on-the-job performance. It may or may not be true.
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