March 13, 2011

Our Justice Dept. at work

Lowering entrance scores for police exams ... because there aren't enough of a certain group being represented:

DAYTON — The city’s Civil Service Board and the U.S. Department of Justice have agreed on a lower passing score for the police recruit exam after it was rejected because not enough blacks passed the exam.

The city lowered both written exams a combined 15 points that resulted in 258 more people passing the exam, according to a statement released Thursday by Civil Service officials. The agreement allows the city to immediately resume its plans to hire police and firefighters.

The original passing scores determined by Civil Service required candidates to answer 57 of 86 (66 percent) questions correctly on one portion and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the other. The lowered benchmark requires candidates to answer 50 of 86 (58 percent) questions correctly and 64 of 102 (63 percent) of questions on the other.

What's next? Will the DOJ go after schools now because not enough minorities are passing state tests and/or assorted teacher tests? As it is, the Education Dept. is using "disparate impact analysis" to go after school districts for varying discipline rates among ethnic groups.

Is this not just a step on the road to chaos? Failing is "passing," and schools afraid to apply disciplinary measures for fear of DOJ lawsuits?

Maybe more people like Zachary Williams need to speak out:

Williams said he understands what the Justice Department is trying to accomplish, but he thinks it’s the wrong method and it’s keeping him from achieving his dream.

“You can’t blame the city for the lack of diversity,” Williams said. “This isn’t your normal 9 to 5 job and you have to want it. I don’t want to be in a department where I was hired because of my skin color. I want it because I earned it.”

Community leaders agree with Williams and said the Justice Department’s method stigmatizes blacks.

'Ya think? Why is this so easy to figure out for clear-thinking people, but not hotshot lawyers and career federal employees?

Got me.

UPDATE: It gets "better": Check out what happens when you call for a paramedic in Massachusetts!

Posted by Felix at March 13, 2011 11:44 AM | TrackBack

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I am reminded of an old dire straits song 'money for nothing'! Don't do anything (ie don't pass the standard set on the exam) but expect to get the job anyway because you 'deserve it'! And if you don't seeka a liberal justice department/administration to 'fix' the problem for you...entitlement! Sad day and age we live in...The whole discipline scenario witha justice department looking into statistics of which groups are being disciplined is scary! Who cares what about just grouping delinquents into that group only....delinquents. habitual rule breakers. future residents of the penitentiary system! No mention of race, religion, etc...just poor behavior...'segregrate' this group out of the regular education community into their own boot camp education system, and watch test scores fly high on both state education tests and police force tests!!!!!!

Posted by: cardinals fan at March 13, 2011 12:29 PM

Disparate impact analysis can tell you if there's a statistically significant difference between two populations, but it can't tell you the *cause* of that difference. When looking at varying disciplinary rates between students of different races, racism *could* be the cause; another (much more likely) cause *could* be different cultural norms that happen to align with race. Just sayin'.

Posted by: Darren at March 13, 2011 03:00 PM


I am not lawyer but doesn't the case recently decided by the SCOTUS come to play somewhere in this insane outrage ?

Ricci v. DeStefano

Posted by: Fred Gregory at March 13, 2011 05:25 PM

OMG is this Dayton Ohio. That's just great, one of the shittiest mid-sized cities in the country working towards making its mediocre police force even more sub-par than ever before. Like they haven't done enough to run off business and residents.

Posted by: ThePaganTemple at March 13, 2011 05:40 PM

Wow, can't wait until this happens in the medical field. It will be create to have substandard doctors and surgeons working on me and my family. How about engineering? Those cars and bridges will really be safe, then.


Posted by: Vic at March 13, 2011 09:52 PM

Fred, this was Felix's post, but you're probably right about that case. The issue is whether someone has the balls to take on the DOJ in court.

Posted by: Hube at March 14, 2011 05:14 PM

OK, the NCAA Tournament is upon us now, and it seems that the best teams are heavily dominated by black players. My proposal is pretty simple: have field goals by black players count two points each (from regardless of where the shot was taken), and have field goals by white players count three points each, if taken from within the current three-point line, and four points if from beyond the arc.

Clearly, this will encourage coaches to start stocking up on white players, to bring their numbers back to something resembling their percentage of the population.

Posted by: Dana at March 16, 2011 08:27 PM