New Haven, Connecticut, where Yale University is located, is the city that reached to the surprising decision not to promote firefighters to lieutenants or captains. The reason for that was because there were no African American and only two Hispanic firefighters who were likely to be made lieutenants or captains based on the results, as the New Haven Register mentioned two days ago. Are we witnessing a wrongfully perceived “politcal correctness”, “multiculturalism” and “tolerance”? Are we witnessing biased opinions from both sides?
That’s the first reverse disrimination case since Barack Obama became President of the United States. Although he is the first African American U.S. President to claim that there is no racism in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave is as irrelevant as to claim that the world is flat. The mainstream media discovered during the presidential campaign that even racists were wondering whom to vote for, but that’s another matter.
Political correctness, multiculturalism, tolerance
The so called political correctness is supposed to serve the people, that is, to preserve the multiculturalism and tolerance in them. Thus everybody is free of expressing themselves and of running for a position regardless of their culture and ideals as long as that person does not impose them to anybody else. As a result of that, nobody can be lawfully subjected to forced cultural and social assimilation. It must be up to the peaceful individual to decide whether to subject themselves to any kind of assimilation. Correct me if I am wrong but that’s what the three concepts are all about.
These three concepts are extremely misunderstood in Ricci v. DeStefano because it is not about discriminated minorities but rather about the lack of applicants being representatives of minorities for these positions. Taking the city’s demographics into consideration, the New Haven administration is right regarding the proportion of applicants for lieutenants and captains but nothing else seems much plausible (it’s been eleven years since the publication of the city’s demographics but as a frequent New Haven passer-by I consider them correct in my article).
How to become a firefighter
I can’t accept Dennis Thompson’s statement that “Diversity is essential to the performance of the fire services.” While diversity is essential to the performance of every services for the sake of cultural, social, political, economic and other harmony, it mustn’t be confused with the concept of eligibility for any job position. To put it best, one who is competent in their sphere should not be restricted from getting the job they have been competing for on the basis of race, especially if it has to do with hard job. Like every hard job, becoming a firefighter is not about multiculturalism – it’s rather about responsibility (written exam, physical agility examination, medical examination, psychological written exam, oral interview), not to mention that this job is not just about extinguishing fire but it’s also about saving lives.
And with more rights come more responsibilities which is the exact opposite of the “damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t” situation. Nowadays every American citizen has equal rights. The unpleasant fact that there is a certain form of discrimination toward minorities doesn’t mean that everybody must be responsible for that flaw. These honest applicants must therefore get what they deserve, and the government, whether federal, state or local, must roll up their sleeves and figure out ways to effectively prosecute employers instead of washing their hands with affirmative action.
Besides, diversity is not even a very good enough argument to the liberals’ side in this case. As you can see, one of the two Hispanic firefighters is among the plaintiffs (plaintiffs were seventeen whites and one Hispanic and the total number of white applicants was nineteen).