Eric Holder Sues Jacksonville Florida Over “Racist” Firefighter Exams
Not content to sue Arizona for trying to do the job the federal government has refused to do, Attorney General Eric “My People” Holder has recently sued the city of Jacksonville Florida for their “racist” firefighter exams.
(Reuters) – The Justice Department sued the city of Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday, claiming its use of written tests to determine promotions in the city’s fire department discriminates against African-Americans.
The lawsuit followed a more than two-year investigation examining Jacksonville’s record of promoting African-Americans for the ranks of lieutenant, captain, district chief and engineer dating back to 2004.
It came after a separate lawsuit filed last year by two dozen Jacksonville firefighters challenging the city’s promotional process. In the lawsuit, the firefighters alleged union officials unfairly shared exam questions with white workers but not with black workers ahead of the test.
The complaint said use of the tests “has resulted in a disparate impact upon black candidates” because African-Americans pass the examinations at significantly lower rates than white candidates.
The Justice Department said black employees who do pass the tests rarely are promoted since their scores are generally lower than white workers.
“At best, these tests measure only a slice of what is necessary to be a supervisor, but they stand in the way of qualified African-Americans advancing in the fire department,” the statement said.
On a related note, The Village Voice recently obtained two FDNY entrance exams. As you can see for yourselves, the questions are pretty basic. So if an applicant can’t even get these right, what business does he have being a firefighter? Is this person’s self esteem more important than the lives of property of people he would be protecting? I don’t think so.