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As soon as I make reference to the antics of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the "Ricci vs New Haven" (officially named: Ricci vs DeStefano)- racial considerations in firefighter promotions look at what we have brewing in the city of Atlanta.
CBS News Atlanta report.
It seems that a group of Black firefighters did as I had suggested the brothers in New Haven do: The formed a STUDY GROUP by which they would master the answers to the test. Many of them scored 95% on the test. The "Brotherhood Combined" did what they were supposed to do: Keep their eyes on the prize.
These stellar results drew the ire of the "White firefighters" and the union establishment (note - the union position is my preliminary observation. I am not sure of their actual position).
Let me put into print my views right now.
IF there was no cheating involved and instead an "above board" testing process had been in place before hand, the collusion of "Black candidates" who were expressing their free will to study with whomever they choose thus acing the test should NOT be a point of disqualification of the test results!!!
This is the 100% opposite of Ricci!!!
New Haven threw out the test results because there were not enough Blacks in the final cut for their liking.
In Atlanta, assuming that the cheating claims are not true - there seems to be "too many Blacks" in the final cut.
I have to say up front as well - the myopic view cast by the "Racism Chasers" will be: "See - even when we DO pass the tests in great abundance the White Establishment that is seeking to hold on to their privilege will protest. They are racists either way - so why bother?".
This is the 100% WRONG analysis.
In this Atlanta case - the Black candidates did as they should. They made note of the system of appraisal and organized their efforts to master the system by which they would be evaluated.
I would be willing to join a protest IF the City of Atlanta is moved to vacate from the testing process because the outcomes were not engineered as they desired (not enough Whites in the winners circle).
Ironically those progressives who had previously argued that "multiple choice tests are not the best means of evaluating the qualifications of leadership capabilities for the fire department command staff do more to undercut the position of these Black candidates who did it right. In fact some of their arguments might be used in the arguments used by the aggrieved White firefighters in Atlanta if this matter is taken to court.
Do you see how important strategic thinking and consistency are?