How Many New Yorkers Will Have To Burn To Death For Racial Quotas?

If you set out to design a written test that racially discriminates against black and Hispanic Americans who want to be firemen, how could you do it? Keep in mind that we’re not quizzing people on pop culture here; we’re talking about a test for firemen. How could you ask about how to put out a particular type of fire, when to open a door, or key life-saving procedures in a way that white Americans could grasp, but equally qualified black and Hispanic Americans couldn’t?

Obviously, you can’t. So, if black and Hispanic New Yorkers are not passing written firefighter tests at the same rate as white New Yorkers, it’s because percentage wise, the black and Hispanic Americans who are applying aren’t as qualified as the white applicants. Yet…

A federal judge is ordering the New York City Fire Department to implement racial quotas to address grievances from minorities who failed entrance exams.

On July 5 in Brooklyn, Nicholas G. Garaufis, a Clinton-appointed judge for the Eastern District of New York, issued a ruling that requires two of every five newly hired fireman to be black and one of every five, Hispanic — until the department has fulfilled the court-ordered quota of 186 black and 107 Hispanic hires.

The ruling allows back pay — totaling an estimated $128.7 million — for minorities who failed written tests.

….Further, Judge Garanufis ruled that minorities who were not hired because they failed the entrance exams must be paid a “retroactively higher salary” and receive “retroactive seniority” once they are hired through the new quota system. Retroactive seniority affects accrual of vacation and sick leave, among other benefits.

In other words, unqualified black and Hispanic firefighters are going to be rewarded with back pay, retroactive seniority, and jobs they don’t deserve for not being smart enough to be firefighters in the first place. If you’re a firefighter who already made the cut, how are you going to feel about these unqualified dummies working beside you? If you’re a New Yorker, do you really want a bunch of morons who failed a written firefighters test making decisions that may mean the difference between life and death? “Duhr, which end of the firehose do I point at the fire and which end do I point at my face? Duhr, I forgot again!”

It’s actually even worse for the black and Hispanic firefighters who’ve already earned their spots. Not only do they have to work beside the unqualified black and Hispanic dummies who were rewarded for failing a test that they passed, but they have to worry about being lumped in with them. Everybody knows that all the white firemen are qualified, but now, everyone will also know that a lot of the black and Hispanic firemen are dimwits who don’t deserve to have a job. Nobody is going to wonder about the white guys, but there is suddenly going to be a question mark in many people’s minds about the qualifications of the black and Hispanic firefighters in New York City. Fair or unfair, that’s what people start to wonder when there are quotas involved. What they should also be wondering is whether blatantly unfair social engineering is more important than keeping New Yorkers from burning to death.

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6 Responses to How Many New Yorkers Will Have To Burn To Death For Racial Quotas?

  1. Winston Smith says:

    There seems to be a new definition for “PC”: “Pre-Confligration”!
    I wonder if Judge Garanufis might have second thoughts if by the blunder of an UNQUALIFIED fireman-uniform-wearer caused major personal or property damage to someone dear to HIM?
    It must give the QUALIFIED firemen a real sense of safety knowing that the fellow who has his back couldn’t pass the exam!
    And what a sense of accomplishment for that fireman-uniform-wearer that the City thinks he’s too stupid to actually EARN the right to be a FIREMAN!

  2. Barb says:

    Sounds like our schools today! Maybe they could have a class on “Remedial” firefighting so no one will get their feelings hurt, feel “left out”, or suffer from self esteem issues!! This is a slap in the face to every firefighter that has worked hard, studied hard, and dedicated them-self to saving others!! If they would just remove the race question on the application no one would be able to discriminate-as if that really happened anyway, based on race!!

  3. I’m sure the travel lawyers are thrilled with this and will be lining up to convince everyone under this decisions jurisdiction that the reason they were injured or lost a loved one wasn’t because they were smoking in bed or had an electrical fire but because the cities response was insufficient because it deployed under skilled fireman.

    Usually pretty good payouts in a settlement with the government because it’s not their money.

    Yup, the trial lawyers lobby is probably thrilled.

  4. Paul Angstrom says:

    I attended Oregon State University from 1995 – 1998. For years I saved a clipping from the school newspaper “The Barometer” but have since lost it. It was a request from ROTC asking for medical doctors. It roughly said

    “Now accepting applicants to ROTC for medical officers.
    White applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA.
    Minority applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
    African American applicants are accepted with a 2.5 GPA.”

    Despite being ridiculously racist and insensitive, would you rather have a doctor work on you who has a 95% chance of success, or a mere 75% chance of success?

  5. Levothread says:

    I have 20+ years as a FF. Entrance discrimination is only the beginning. Preferences for promotional spots go so far as to having completly unqualified firefighters now in supervisory positions up to and including fire chiefs.

  6. Kitty says:

    My son got 105 (including 5 point veteran – we’ve served our country) and we are hispanic. Completely qualified physically, emotionally and academically, oops.. just hispanic!! If you passed the test and were completely competent .. you were still disqualified for being a minority.

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