Maybe I just don't understand. Or maybe there just isn't enough information in the article. From what I'm reading here, a bunch of hack politicians took it upon themselves to be experts at examinations for adults.
They all passed a promotion exam, but the city threw out the test because no blacks would have been promoted....
This is not de facto proof, or even evidence of discrimination. It is only proof that the Blacks who took the test did not score as well as the Whites. Was it discriminatory in high school that I didn't score as well as Ruth did on a consistent basis? Ummm...no.
Also, beneath the specific details of the firefighters' lawsuit lies an uncomfortable truth: On most standardized tests, regardless of the subject, blacks score lower than whites.
Again, passed off as "proof" of discrimination. In college, a visiting professor to my Poli Sci class, who happened to be Black, commented that there were only two choices: You believe there is discrimination, or you believe Blacks are stupid. That statement is indicative of a world-view still prevalent in this country. It is ridiculously over-simplified. Perhaps the failure of the Black community to put a premium on education has something to do with it? I'm just sayin'. There are many, many factors, both known and unknown, including institutional discrimination that may go into this. Haven't we moved past this ridiculous oversimplification yet?
Sources of bias included that the written section measured memorization rather than actual skills needed for the jobs; giving too much weight to the written section....
The implication here is simply racist. "Blacks can't memorize or write as well as Whites"? "Blacks are better at hard skills"?
Shouldn't we be holding everyone to the same standards?
Again, "I'm just sayin' "