Ricci v. DeStefano aka Firefighters vs New Haven
18 firefighters, 17 white and 1 Hispanic, have brought a lawsuit versus the city of New Haven for discrimination. The city fire department administered civil service tests for promotions. 27 blacks took the test, but none of them scored high enough to be considered for promotion. The city decided to throw out the test and instead not promote anyone. The plaintiffs are claiming that they were discriminated against so they sued the city.
The federal district court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the city. The case is now before the Supreme Court. This is so ridiculous that it boggles my mind. So the town happens to not have any highly qualified black people. How can you just throw out the results because they don’t fit what you want to happen? This is the definition of discrimination. Basing results on the color of skin instead of the merit of the person. This is exactly what we have supposedly been fighting against.
This is from Wikipedia:
The lead plaintiff in the case is Frank Ricci, who has been a firefighter at the New Haven station for 11 years. Mr. Ricci gave up a second job to have time to study for the test. Because he has dyslexia, he paid an acquaintance $1,000 to read his textbooks on to audiotapes. Mr. Ricci also made flashcards, took practice tests, worked with a study group, and participated in mock interviews. His hard work at studying resulted in him getting the 6th highest score among 77 people who took the test. The city of New Haven scrapped the test results for fear of a would-be Title VII disparate impact lawsuit brought by minority firefighters.
This is the type of hard work that should be rewarded. Maybe if some of the 27 black firefighters had put in this type of effort they could have passed the test. Why in the world does this man lose his promotion because a black man wasn’t able to do as well on the test as he did?
As a side note, Sonia Sotomayor, Barack Obama’s selection for the Supreme Court, is the judge that ruled for the city. This is also the woman who said the “court of appeals is where policy is made.”
This case is ridiculous and her selection to the Supreme Court doesn’t sit well with me. She clearly doesn’t follow the Constitution and that scares me. Unfortunately, because she is a woman and a Hispanic, she will be confirmed easily. The Republicans will be too scared to fight the pick for fear of losing even more women and Hispanic voters.