What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

City must hire 111 bypassed black firefighter candidates, court rules

By FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter May 13, 2011 7:34PM

The Chicago Fire Department must hire 111 bypassed black firefighter candidates — and distribute “tens of millions of dollars” in damages to 6,000 others who will never get that chance — a federal appeals court ruled Friday, upholding a landmark ruling.

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Plaintiffs’ attorney Joshua Karsh said … “The city gave a test back in 1995 that did not measure the ability to be a firefighter. It made it more than six times more likely that white applicants would be hired rather than African Americans with no job-related justification. Nothing about getting a high score on that test predicted anything about whether you’d be a superior firefighter.”

When results from the 1995 entrance exam were disappointing for minorities, the city established a cutoff score of 89 and hired randomly from the top 1,800 “well-qualified” candidates.

In 2005, a federal judge ruled that the city’s decision had the effect of perpetuating the predominantly white status quo, since 78 percent of those ‘‘well-qualified’’ candidates were white. …

Dear Plaintiffs’ attorney Karsh,

Another way of saying what you said in this article is that you would prefer the City of Chicago’s firefighters to be stupid. This decision is just another reason we need to end affirmative action and the ridiculous notion of “disparate impact”. We also need to pass tort reform.

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