Skip to comments.Justice Department asks court to fix "disparate" civil service exams for minority applicants
Posted on 09/04/2013 4:52:54 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
SYRACUSE, NY - The U.S. Department of Justice wants to reopen a 33-year-old court case to ensure that minority applicants get a fair shot at jobs as Syracuse firefighters and police officers.
Lawyers with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division filed papers in federal court Friday challenging the state civil service tests that prospective firefighters and police officers must take.
A review by the Justice Department of entry-level exams for those jobs in Syracuse showed the exams "continue to have a statistically significant, disparate impact on African-American test-takers," the Justice Department's lawyers wrote in court papers.
The Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge David Hurd to reopen a 1980 court case over the city's hiring practices.
The Justice Department hired a human resources expert, David P. Jones, president of Growth Ventures Inc., to review the civil service exams. Among his findings was that the exams were "more likely to produce an adverse impact on ethnic minorities," court papers said.
The Justice Department asked the court to require the state's Department of Civil Service "to develop and institute lawful written examinations to be used in Syracuse's selection of entry-level firefighter and police officers."
Hurd will hear arguments on the request will Oct. 11.
City officials will join in the Justice Department's request, Mayor Stephanie Miner said today.
"For three decades the city has steadily made progress in assuring that the ranks of our police and fire departments more truly reflect all of Syracuse," Miner said in a news release. "An evaluation of the state Civil Service test would assure we have a fair test and the best pool of talent from which to hire."
The city maintains its hiring practices have met the goals of the consent decree, but "nonetheless welcomes this opportunity to improve the provisions of the consent decree to reflect current hiring conditions," Miner said.
When city officials settled a reverse discrimination lawsuit last year, they said they'd been talking with Justice Department officials about rewording the 1980 decree to ensure that black firefighters filled fill a higher proportion of supervisory positions.
Just score the tests “inversely”—the more incorrect answers the higher the score. That would allow Obama’s sons to be hired and promoted in greater numbers.
Maybe, just maybe, the tests are race-neutral and fair, and the African-American test-takers have some educational deficiencies that prevent them from doing as well on the tests as Caucasians and Asians.
Hire the applicants for duty in Detroit
There is little left to protect.
So what makes the test too hard for ‘minorities’? Is he implying they are too stupid? That would be raciss, right?
If they had a test to see who was better at dunking a basketball, would the test be unfair if short, old, non-athletic Whites didn’t do as well as tall, young, athletic Blacks?
America is becoming a nation of incompetent, stupid,
vicious, amoral, and lawless evil
... and increasingly without justice.
Just as Holder planned when he blew
up the President’s Office in Columbia, and then
dropped WMD on the children at WACO before burning
well.. if they are going to go after this... then they need to go after EVERY test ever made!
Because I have noticed a “disparate impact” on retarded test takers which must be addressed !
Why is it that retarded people always do so poorly on tests compared to others! I say it's those darn tests! that are obviously biased towards developmentally challenged individuals!
Just Eric “the Red” Holder, takin care a hiz peeps.
Nuthin racist here, nuthin at all.
I guess we’re supposed to believe that poor performance by minorities on standardized exams reflects a cultural bias of the exam, and is not a result of cultural influences that ostracize and punish achievers of certain races.
Instead of attacking the messenger (the exam that reveals cultural failure), why doesn’t the Justice department attack the culture that labels achievers as Uncle Toms and encourages laziness and failure?
If not, then there is NO WAY they should have to lower standards to make the questions too easy to answer and be rendered a "rubber stamp" for un-qualified applicants.
No longer is there a baseline for competence or a certain level of competence as evidenced by education. Today, they are probably demanding that Certificates of Attendance rather than HS Diplomas be accepted....
These days diversity means anti-white racism. These phony dumbed-down exams are anti-white racism in action.
The new plan is called “QUOTAS” and has been ruled illegal. However, that has never stopped Obama and Holder from violating the law.
Article doesn’t say how many blacks/minorities have applied to be firefighters and how many have been hired
They can have DC’s black fire chief. Even his own people don’t want him.
WHY even test them????
quotas, that's what...
Welfare, bastardy, drugs, black culture, and public education already had their “disparate impact”.
Unbiased tests just reveal that impact.
As would any reality based judgement.
So the test is in cursive?
Don’t bother with the criminal background check either... especially for entry level police officer candidates. It’s racist! /s