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Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Fire sale"

Once again, we see a disparate impact-type lawsuit succeed, this time at the expense of the taxpayers of New York: because black and Hispanic firefighters failed the New York Fire Department entrance exam at a higher rates than whites, this was considered to be "discrimination," and 1500 people were paid a total of 98 million dollars in back pay, medical benefits, and interest.

I've seen some of the questions from the test. They all dealt with issues a firefighter would face, such as which blade to use when cutting through a door, and which fire hose to use in a certain kind of fire. These tests "discriminate" against blacks and Hispanics in the same way that the stopwatch "discriminates" against whites in running events.

The moral of the story is, go ahead and fail your tests: it pays to be dumb.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting article. So, we have firefighters who aren't qualified to be firefighters, yet, they still get to be firefighters. Everything in our country is backwards. Common sense is definitely out the door.

John Craig said...

Anon --
Thank you; exactly.