On that “discriminatory” firemen’s test for which Chicago must hire 111 black firemen and pay tens of millions in damages to 6,000 other blacks
Steve Sailer quotes his 2010 article explaining the background of the Chicago suit.
Well, it’s kind of hard to make this sound plausible … but in 1995 Mayor Daley, hoping to diversify the Chicago Fire Department, used a hiring test designed by a black psychologist in order to hire more blacks. But according to district judge Joan B. Gottschall’s 2005 decision in favor of the 6000 black applicants who scored poorly, the black psychologist’s test wasn’t good enough, so therefore a huge amount of money should be paid to blacks.
Tim W. writes:
I found it very interesting that the Chicago test was designed by a black man with the specific goal of helping black applicants pass. I have a liberal friend who insists that the reason whites outperform blacks on standardized tests is that the tests are culturally biased. I once asked him why they didn’t just replace the biased tests with ones that aren’t biased. It’s obvious that most of the institutions issuing these tests are controlled by liberals who fall all over themselves to boost blacks (city governments, colleges, etc.). So why would a city or college give a culturally biased test which blacks flunk, and then go to court to defend picking blacks who failed the test over whites who passed it? Wouldn’t it be much easier to just replace the test with one that isn’t biased against blacks? He admitted to not knowing the answer, though he knew that my answer, which was that the tests aren’t biased against blacks in the first place, wasn’t possibly correct.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at May 16, 2011 08:19 AM | Send