First - let's dispense of the talking points. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "Reverse Discrimination". There is ONLY "discrimination". The notion of "reverse discrimination" subtly yields to the substantiation of "White Supremacy".
* There existed a scare resource that needed to be allocated - Fire Department Lieutenant Positions in the New Haven Fire Department
* There were a list of individuals seeking to obtain possession of this scarce resource - Many candidates qualified for the initial consideration of the lieutenant position
* There was a process that was set up by a system by which various individuals who qualified for the scarce resource could be chosen - a written test for the lieutenant position was given
* At the end of this process - those who scored highest on the test were chosen for the scarce resource. They were judged on their SCORES, not DISQUALIFIED because of their RACE
When the results came back from blind judgment and aggrieved individuals saw some angle by which to challenge the entire process that they had agreed to.....they noticed that those who were awarded this scarce recourse WERE WHITE and they, those of whom did not qualify, were NOT WHITE.
Upon seeing the results and being compelled by the argument that the awardees did not LOOK LIKE the racial make up of the community - those running the system PUT ASIDE THE RESULTS because the RESULTS were not to their liking.
Now imagine if this was done after an election?
Imagine if this was done after a criminal trial?
No doubt there would be a lawsuit AGAINST the authority which rejected the results and "tried again" until they got more favorable results. There would be HELL TO PAY as induced by the Civil Rights and Social Justice community.
Unfortunate for JUSTICE - the city of New Haven molested the results of this open and fair process for the BENEFIT of the minority applicants and thus the civil rights community is overjoyed with the new outcomes........and are INSENSED that the "aggrieved White folks" are daring to take this matter to court.....just as THEY would have done.
Now that the facts of the case have been documented - I am not interested in arguing the normal points of the case.
Instead - let us talk about the UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS about Black people and about White people which are clear and obvious in this case.
The written test given equally to all who applied did not render the desired results. Thus they were thrown out. Normally for there to be a clear cut case of RACISM then it is this RACISM that is the unifying grievance upon which the Black plantiffs protest systems that are said to be discriminatory.
Since they could not find any smoking gun racism to charge the New Haven CT with they chose to took a different tactic. Their new tactic was to inject the "Racial Jury Of My Peers" argument where they identify the racial make up of the community and then to note how the body of those who were awarded the position did not match the community make up. This is called RACISM when there is a mismatch.
Now mind you - in some people's view the greater case for WHITE SUPREMACY can be made about the "whiteness" of the departmental leadership of the Fire Department than they care to note the resulting INFERIORIZATION OF BLACK PEOPLE as an unintended consequence of this argument.
I have called out the issue of assumed "Black Inferiority" for a long time. It must be noted that there is a large contingent of Black people who are willing to "ASSUME THE INFERIOR POSITION" on their quest to receive a certain benefit. If such a disposition is enough to get them into the door - they will allow their necks to bend and their shoulders to slump as they walk through the door - the door which they, IN THEIR OWN MINDS, figure that they would not be able to walk through without these external shims which lift them to the qualifying level.
THE 'INJURED PARTY' DEFINES WHEN HE IS HEALED!!
Ask those who claim injury upon their person from the past that their ancestors experienced "When will you be healed and how does a casual 3rd party observer notice your healed state?". The answer you will get is "I will be healed when I tell you so".
At present there is no particular reason for them to take the neck brace off.
THE DAMAGE DONE
On an increasing basis - the damage to the Black community will come from the failure to implement an ORGANIC SYSTEM by which "healing" might take place. The one sure way to get attacked by certain operatives is to suggest to them that the "victim" is primarily responsible for initiating a "fix" since he will be the primary casualty from remaining as he is now and he will be the primary beneficiary of his repaired state.