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Political Correctness going to far?

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s obsession with racial grievance-mongering could get Americans burnt to a

crisp in their own homes. That’s because his Justice Department is trying to force the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to hire flunkies who got 70 percent wrong on a basic, fire-related multiple-choice, open-book test.

The exam was used to screen applicants to the fire academy. More than 90 percent of black and Hispanic test-takers passed, which isn’t enough for liberals addicted to affirmative action. At Justice’s urging, federal district Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis threw out FDNY’s test results - blocking admittance to all successful blacks and Hispanics - and ordered a complicated process to admit more minorities.

On Feb. 28, Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, submitted a proposed order for damages for rejected applicants who scored 25 or higher on the 85-question exams. New York’s taxpayers would be forced to pay compensation to the flunkies to make up for years of seniority supposedly lost when the city chose not to hire them. Minority rejects also would receive seniority over firemen who had been working all the while.

Highlighting the unreasonableness of this scandal is how low the threshold was. On one exam, the first 11 questions - related to a picture of a fire scene - asked how many firefighters were on hand, the number of fire hydrants in view, what the street address was and what floor had a person standing in the window.

The Justice Department’s race-based advocacy flies in the face of a high-profile 2009 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Connecticut locality could not discard results from an objective firefighter test merely because of a racially disparate passage rate. The Justice Department is trying to force the Big Apple to do exactly that.

FDNY is a justly proud organization which lost 343 heroic firemen saving lives during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. By promoting race over ability, the Justice Department is undermining the fire department’s ability to do its job, which puts lives in danger.

Answer Question

Asked by Carpy at 11:53 AM on Mar. 9, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (29)
  • I don't think that has anything to do with political correctness and you've only got one side of the story here.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 11:58 AM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Please, give me the other side UpShe.

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 12:00 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Yes please Id like to hear the other side

    Answer by gemgem at 12:01 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • "The lead Justice Department attorney in the FDNY case is Loretta King, who ordered the dismissal of most voter-intimidation charges against Black Panthers in Philadelphia and who is hip-deep in other race-based legal controversies"



    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:03 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • I thought hiring, judging, etc should be based on someone character, qualifications, and other qualities. I think this is doing the opposite of that. I don't think it should matter what percentage of them are black, white, Asian, Native American, etc., as long as they are qualified and doing their job. What does it matter how diverse it is? IMO, now that everyone is so gong-ho about diversity, it makes people focus more on their ethnicity and race. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 12:03 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • "On Sept. 30, she wrote a memo to Judge Garaufis pitching four proposals to require "representative" or "proportional" quotas. Ms. King glosses over the professional challenges of firefighting to focus on whether minorities feel "stigmatized" or if black firefighters could further their "sense of fairness in their place of employment" if surrounded by more workers of their own race"

    Who do you want rescuing you (1) A firefighter who has passed all testing and certifications/advancements in job ability [OR] (2) A firefighter who was hired to fill a quota and advanced as a way to "surround more firefighters with more workers of their own race"....  I know MY answer... ;o)


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:06 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • "Firemen should be hired for ability, not racial bean-counting. The judge's fiat, wrote Manhattan Institute Fellow Heather MacDonald"

    This deserves to be repeated, Firemen should be hired for ability, not racial bean-counting

    and againFiremen should be hired for ability, not racial bean-counting


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:10 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • – collapse

    hmm, your article isn't bias'd at all now is it????



    Use a real source...then I can respond


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:11 PM on Mar. 9, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • and again, Firemen should be hired for ability, not racial bean-counting


    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:29 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • and yet again....Firemen should be hired for ability, not racial bean-counting.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 12:31 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

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