Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Steve Malzberg recently interviewed List 6019's Greg DellaValle. It can be found: http://www.wor710.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=5225019
Steve Malzberg has been outstanding on this issue, having interviewed Chief Mannix on January 26th, 2010. That interview can be heard: http://www.wor710.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=4343122
Our article on that earlier interview can be found: http://meritmattersusa.blogspot.com/2010/01/merit-matters-on-steve-malzberg-show.html
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Interestingly enough, the video references a blog post on the DoJ website from Thomas Perez (pictured above). It's an interesting and informative piece.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
A GREAT Video FROM PJTV's "Minority Report with Quin Hillyer" - "New York's Whitest? The Obama Administration's Dangerous Demands for the FDNY"
Please check this video out at PJTV: http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=mpg&mpid=373&load=5106
This "Minority Report" with Quin Hillyer video goes over the role of Thomas Perez and Loretta King in the ongoing FDNY case.
Thanks to the likes of Matt Maccarelli (of the New Haven20), Merit Matters and others, attitudes ARE changing.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
...pretty much speaks for itself (in the above tweet, one recruit tweets, "I'll answer the phones...something like, 'There's a fire on Gun Hill Road, yall go handle that now. I'll hold down the fort" AND "I filled out a paper to get a app from the FDNY, I'm not down with fightin fires, but for that salary and retirement plan, I'll wash the fire trucks."), Kevin Thomas put it very well; “While searching for recent press releases from the job on their twitter feed...I found this guy. And you wonder why our recruitment method is an abject failure!
“Unmotivated guys like him help create the disparities that they claim are caused by the Job. He has no interest in being a fireman yet someone suggested he fill out an application to take the exam? Why? I imagine because he fits the politicians preferred demographic.
“Did no one bother to mention there is nowhere to hide out? Did our recruiters (in a van plastered with only likenesses of guys like this Mr. Butler), bother to tell him the reason we get paid our salaries is that we go into buildings on fire, not answering phones or washing rigs.
“Meanwhile guys like myself will study for months on end, go to high school, college and pay attention with every intention of getting on this job and DOING this job, not hiding out as he suggests...and because our races are different he isn’t at fault if he fails or performs worse than I do on a standardized exam. He gets back pay and a free-o job offer...should I perform poorly...I get zilch (as I would expect should happen to anyone).”
Today's (3/22/11) Daily Caller exposes the force behind many of the race-based outrages perpetrated by the Holder Justice Department, Loretta King (no relation to MLK, pictured above).
In it they note that, "behind the scenes, a little-known assistant attorney general named Loretta King (no relation to Martin Luther King, Jr.) has been the driving force behind the DOJ’s recent, most questionable racially motivated decisions.
"Neck-deep in the more divisive civil rights cases of the past several years — most notably the New Black Panther voter intimidation case and the recent Dayton Ohio's police department's testing standards issue — the Obama appointed assistant attorney general has many wondering whether her guide is the law or racial politics."
They were told by Civil Rights Commissioner Todd Gaziano that, “The bigger issue was the testimony we uncovered while we were trying to investigate — that there is a pervasive atmosphere of hostility to race-neutral enforcement and that Loretta King led the effort. The most important thing was testimony from four witnesses…that there is a racial double standard to the enforcement and that Loretta King shared and directed it as acting head"
The testimony of former DOJ Voting Rights Section chief Christopher Coates seems to back up Mr. Gaziano's view, as Mr. Coates explained that King ordered him to stop asking trial attorney applicants whether they would have a problem dealing with cases involving white victims.
“In the spring of 2009, Ms. King, who had by then been appointed Acting AAG [assistant attorney general] for Civil Rights by the Obama Administration, called me to her office and specifically instructed me that I was not to ask any other applicants whether they would be willing to, in effect, race-neutrally enforce the VRA [Voting Rights Act],” he testified. “Ms. King took offense that I was asking such a question of job applicants and directed me not to ask it because she does not support equal enforcement of the provisions of the VRA.”This is a fascinating article.
SEE it ALL: http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/21/critics-contend-assistant-attorney-general-loretta-king-guided-more-by-racial-politics-than-the-law/
Saturday, March 19, 2011
On Wednesday, March 16th, 2011, the Washington Times ran yet another editorial on the ongoing FDNY lawsuit entitled, "Fire hires mired:
Affirmative-action situation is legally dire for FDNY"
Monday, March 14, 2011
In recent years, “Diversity-First” proponents have found they’ve had to switch tactics and openly misrepresent their agenda to advance their cause.
The public rightly considers high standards for Police, Fire and other Emergency personnel paramount, as they want THEIR employees to be able to do the jobs their assigned well.
But that is often NOT the perspective of many elected officials. Short-term political gain forged on group preferences, will be paid for by future administrations left to clean up the ensuing mess.
It’s happened every time “diversity” has been put ahead of merit and fitness.
Before the enactment of the Civil Service Merit System, which codified job-specific testing procedures open to all, such jobs were routinely filled via nepotism and cronyism run by the political Party in power.
For better than half a century America’s Civil Service has been open to all comers, with the same standards (the SAME written and physical exams) equally applied to ALL.
But the Merit System has increasingly come under fire by both racial-grievance mongers and politicians looking to return the nation’s Civil Service System back into a political patronage mill.
Because fewer blacks and Hispanics tend to take the exams for Police and Fire Departments around the country and because far fewer College-educated minorities take those exams, relative to whites, the resulting “disparate impact” (more minorities applicants failing relative to whites) has opened the merit System to attack by those who support a new form of political patronage.
The Dayton Daily News recently did a story on a 21-year old black applicant named Zachary Williams whose appointment has been held up due to such challenges. (SEE: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/black-applicant-protests-lowering-police-entrance-exam-scores-1099043.html?cxtype=fb_mlt).
Mr. Williams’ test results are pending the outcome of the Justice Department’s demand that the city lower its passing score for a police exam to allow for a larger pool of black applicants, while the city defends its traditional passing grade (70%) by claiming that it is merely trying to ensure it hires the most qualified candidates.
The Dayton Police Union President, Randy bean noted, “Not enough African-Americans are taking the exam and we need to get in the schools and talk to kids about being in law enforcement. What we are doing here (lowering standards) is the definition of insanity.”
For his part, Mr. Williams says, “You can’t blame the city for the lack of diversity. 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.”
Though this is often perceived and presented as a “racial issue,” it is NOT...it is a political one. That fact is made clear by the increasing number of minority voices opposing lowering standards in the name of “diversity,” as they know that this ultimately plays into the stereotype of the “presumed incompetence” of blacks. Keith Lander, chairman of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said the lowering of the test score “is a slap in the face to black people.
But the pro-patronage politicians aren’t concerned about race any more than they’re concerned about standards and competence.
Listen to the way U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice convolutes the argument AGAINST set standards; “I cannot make a legal judgment on the Justice Department’s method, but there are lots of instances where competent people test poorly,” said Judge Rice, adding, “What can happen in these cases, minorities are incorrectly branded as less qualified when they are infinitely qualified.”
If that’s indeed so, then why do Law Schools and medical Schools take in those applicants with the best grades and test score? According to his own views, those criteria too, form an unfair barrier to ALL who failed to reach them.
Rice, in supporting a “remedy” called “banding,” said that changing the hiring rule is one of the biggest steps the city can take if it is serious about diversifying its workforce.
In Judge Rice’s view, “There is no difference in the competency of a person who is No. 1 and No. 10 on the hiring list,” (says WHO?) adding that, “Dayton needs a charter amendment like other jurisdictions who have rules of three, five or 10 so it can hire the employees that are the best benefit to the city.”
The DoJ seems to completely agree with Judge Rice on this score, as Justice Department spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa noted in an e-mail Friday the goal of the lawsuits is to uphold the Civil Rights Act by removing “unnecessary barriers” in hiring practices. She added the Justice Department does not file lawsuits “based solely on the (diversity) numbers.”
That last line is an outright untruth, as the Department of Justice (DoJ) HAS filed a lawsuit against the FDNY precisely on “diversity numbers.”
For his part, Dayton Commissioner Dean Lovelace along with leaders from the Dayton chapters of the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other minority groups called for such a change (“banding”) last summer.
His fellow commissioners said they are interested in discussing a change and Mayor Gary Leitzell said he would support it “if it benefits the majority of the citizens of the city of Dayton.”
But how to convince the good citizens of Dayton that standards are unimportant and that courts rather than equally applied set standards best know who is “best qualified.”
Department of Justice spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa stated, “We only challenge examinations when we determine that the employer has failed to demonstrate the exam will do a good job of selecting qualified candidates,” she said.
But that assertion is challenged by testing companies that’ve been approved by various U.S. Courts. Stanard & Associates Inc., which produced numerous approved Civil Service tests around the country, defended its test in a letter to its customers in August; “Despite the vast amount of research S&A has accumulated, documenting the relationship between (the test’s) content and the job of law enforcement officer...the DOJ appears ready to combat usage of any selection instrument resulting in any amount of adverse impact against protected groups, even if the job-relatedness and validity of the (tests) have been established.”
It is that charge (“the DOJ seems ready to combat usage of any selection instrument resulting in any amount of adverse impact against protected groups, even if the job-relatedness and validity of the (tests) have been established”) that BOTH undermines Merit (reducing the quality of any prospective lists hired under such provisions) and supports a return to the anachronistic and vile system of political patronage.
In the end, NONE of this is about race or “diversity,” it’s about politics and a spoiled and “entitled” political class seeking more power for themselves.
SEE Full Dayton Daily News Article: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/black-applicant-protests-lowering-police-entrance-exam-scores-1099043.html?cxtype=fb_mlt
AND VIDEO HERE:
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
In the first, the New York Post’s Michael Goodwin shows that it’s not racism, but disparities in hard-work that account for the “education gap” between the various ethnic groups in New York!
“With the announcement that black eighth-graders make up only 5 percent of students accepted to eight specialized schools next year and Hispanic students only 6 percent, fevered accusations run the range from prejudice to prejudice. New Yorkers once again are being lectured by the media and others that the results prove the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged, which is another way of saying "white."...
“...But facts are stubborn things, and they put the lie to those race-baiting claims...
“...Last time I looked, Asians are nonwhite minorities, too, yet they are the superstars of New York education...
“...Though they represent only 15 percent of city students, Asian students, including those from China, Korea, India and Pakistan, already account for upwards of 60 percent of the population at top high schools, such as Stuyvesant and Bronx Science. The pattern continues with the latest test results.”
SEE: “Class acts give lie to race card” at; http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/class_acts_give_lie_to_race_card_zaHPrQcnROO44ryaf5lD3O
Two other recent Op-Eds focus on suspicions around the Holder DOJ, suspicions that Chief Mannix has worked hard to bring to light. The Washington Times recently wrote an Editorial titled;
Justice Department puts political correctness over safety
In it the Washington Times correctly asserts; “The exam was used to screen applicants to the fire academy. More than 90 percent of black and Hispanic test-takers passed, which isn't enough for liberals addicted to affirmative action. At Justice's urging, federal district Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis threw out FDNY's test results - blocking admittance to all successful blacks and Hispanics - and ordered a complicated process to admit more minorities.
“On Feb. 28, Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Right Division, submitted a proposed order for damages for rejected applicants who scored 25 or higher on the 85-question exams. New York's taxpayers would be forced to pay compensation to the flunkies to make up for years of seniority supposedly lost when the city chose not to hire them. Minority rejects also would receive seniority over firemen who had been working all the while.”
The American Spectator also published an Op-Ed on the same DOJ scandal, which noted,
“The lead Justice Department attorney in the FDNY case is Loretta King, who ordered the dismissal of most voter-intimidation charges against Black Panthers in Philadelphia and who is hip-deep in other race-based legal controversies. On Sept. 30, she wrote a memo to Judge Garaufis pitching four proposals to require "representative" or "proportional" quotas. Ms. King glosses over the professional challenges of firefighting to focus on whether minorities feel "stigmatized" or if black firefighters could further their "sense of fairness in their place of employment" if surrounded by more workers of their own race...”
And went on to quote our own Chief Mannix; “Here's a good quote that sums it up nicely: "[This order] would serve well as comic relief if the stakes weren't so high, and is a good example to support the contention that the Plaintiffs are apparently not concerned with the safety of NYC residents, visitors or firefighters," wrote deputy fire chief Paul Mannix, president of Merit Matters, an advocacy group opposed to weakening entrance exams.”
ALL three articles are well worth the read and we encourage all who are interested in this issue to read them.