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    And In Other News, Eric Holder Is Suing The NBA To Lower Hoop Height

    And In Other News, Eric Holder Is Suing The NBA To Lower Hoop Height

    …. in order to achieve a racial and ethnic mix of players which looks more like America.

    Sorry, I meant, the City of Dayton, Ohio, to lower police test score thresholds, a move which even the local NAACP chapter opposes:

    The Dayton Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.

    It’s a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam.

    Dayton is in desperate need of officers to replace dozens of retirees. The hiring process was postponed for months because the D.O.J. rejected the original scores provided by the Dayton Civil Service Board, which administers the test.

    Under the previous requirements, candidates had to get a 66% on part one of the exam and a 72% on part two.

    The D.O.J. approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%. That’s the equivalent of an ‘F’ and a ‘D’.

    “It becomes a safety issue for the people of our community,” said Dayton Fraternal Order of Police President, Randy Beane. “It becomes a safety issue to have an incompetent officer next to you in a life and death situation.”

    “The NAACP does not support individuals failing a test and then having the opportunity to be gainfully employed,” agreed Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward….

    “If you lower the score for any group of people, you’re not getting the best qualified people for the job,” Foward said.

    Update:  As pointed out by commenter/blogger A. Worthing, it is hard to see how this holds up in light of the New Haven fire fighters case.  But this administration does not seem swayed by precedent.

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    sort of runic rhyme | March 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    While it's bad enough what this says about our current idea of Justice, this is even a worse reflection on our (liberal orthodox) public education system which was originally intended to impart a common culture and approach to reasoning. Presumably, most or all of these applicants have HS diplomas or GEDs, so we either must be graduating and credentialing morons, or there is a troubling divergence by ethinicity of approaches to basic logic and knowledge.

    Are there any sample Civil Service tests used for police and fire department applicants that the rest of us can look at and determine for ourselves if they're unfairly biased toward Caucasian rocket science?

    Hmmmm … maybe we need Presidential exams

    neo

    how about presidential constitutional law exams.

    Question 1: can the federal government force you to buy broccoli?

    A: no.

    question 2: are you allowed to enforce the law unequally according to race?

    A: no.

    Can we import Mr Foward down here to be the head of the State NAACP where I live? I swear he'd be a breath of fresh air. Down here, a move like that would have been applauded by the NAACP.

    Good that you all agree…. Lower the hoop? Oh, I get it… that was a good metaphor since the article is about black people and, heck, now that you mention it, the President is black people too. Nice to be post-racist. What's that like?

    Obviously, the police need to be competent, but have you investigated the finer points like cultural bias etc on the test? How well do you need to read to be a cop? Probably not as well as you to do to take the test (in the alotted time).


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