The City of Chicago must hire 111 black firefighter applicants who were passed over for jobs years ago and pay tens of millions of dollars in damages to about 6,000 other black candidates under a ruling issued on Friday by a federal appeals court.
The decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is only the latest in a legal battle that began with a written employment test for firefighters more than a decade ago, wound its way to the United States Supreme Court by last year and remains a matter of division and concern among the city’s firefighters.
“For some of the people involved, this is a very emotional moment,” said Joshua Karsh, a lawyer who represented black applicants who accused the city of employment discrimination. “The city could have cleared this up a long time ago.”
In 1995, 26,000 people took an employment test to become firefighters.
The city said anyone who had scored above 65 was considered “qualified,” but chose its initial hires from random sets among candidates who scored 89 or better, a group it deemed “highly qualified,” court documents say.
But after complaints were filed, the city conceded that the 89-point cutoff created a “disparate impact” against black candidates — 6,000 of whom had gotten qualified scores — compared with white candidates, the documents show.
THIS DECISION ESSENTIALLY SAYS THAT ANY ORGANIZATION HIRING PEOPLE FOR A JOB CANNOT REPEAT CANNOT HIRE THE "MOST QUALIFIED" PEOPLE, BUT MOST ALSO HIRE LESS QUALIFIED PEOPLE OF THEY ARE BLACK.
THIS IS BOTH A QUOTA AND AN TACIT ASSERTION THAT BLACKS ARE NOT AND CANNOT BE AMONG THE MOST QUALIFIED,
AND THAT THEREFORE SOMEHOW - FOR SOME INSANE REASON - TAXPAYERS MUST PAY THE LESSER QUALIFIED CANDIDATES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
THIS DECISION IS A RACIST OUTRAGE.AN ABSOFREAKINLUTELY RACIST OUTRAGE.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR - WHOM LOVED, I SAW SPEAK AND MARCHED WITH, (ALONG WITH MANY OTHER WHITE LEFTIES IN THE 1960'S) - DID NOT SAY HE DREAMED OF A TIME WHEN HIS BLACK CHILDREN WOULD BE JUDGED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR SKIN AND GIVEN LOWER STANDARDS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF TAXPAYER MONEY.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
THIS DISGUSTING DECISION BY THE 7TH CIRCUIT IS AN AFFRONT TO EVERYTHING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING STOOD FOR.
IT MUST NOT STAND.
IF IT DOES, THE USA IS A MORE RACIST COUNTRY AS A RESULT.
SKIN COLOR SHOULD HAVE NO BEARING ON HIRING.
ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD BE FREE TO HIRE THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WITH NO REGARD FOR SKIN COLOR, AND NOT ORDERED TO MAKE EXCEPTIONS AND GIVE SPECIAL REGARD FOR LESSER QUALIFIED CANDIDATES BECAUSE OF THEIR SKIN COLOR.