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.