|By State and City:
Firefighters Win Reverse
Discrimination Lawsuit; Fire Chief Responds
Excerpted from FirstCoastNews.Com
on or before 3/8/06
By First Coast News Staff
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- "A race discrimination lawsuit pitting several Jacksonville
firefighters against the city has come to an end in federal court last Friday.
"The jury sided with the firefighters. Four lieutenants claimed their promotion to
Captain was blocked by then Fire Chief Ray Alfred.
"The firemen claimed race was a factor. The firefighters are white, the fire chief,
"Fire Chief Ray Alfred in testimony told the jury that race had nothing to do with
it. Alfred also denied that "cultural diversity" had any influence on his
"Former Mayor John Delaney was also called to testify. Delaney told the jury that
Alfred was one of his best hires and that the fire chief did not make decisions based on
"The eight member jury heard closing arguments Thursday night. They didn't reach
their decision until nearly 24 hours later.
"As part of the verdict, the lieutenants will receive back pay as if they had been
promoted to Captain. The amount to be divided among them is in excess of $220,000 before
"In the coming days the court will also rule whether the men must be promoted to the
rank of Captain.
"From the time the original suit was brought against the City, one of the four
lieutenants has died. His widow was named as the fourth plaintiff and will be entitled to
his share of the back pay. -30-
Last known link:
Florida (Jacksonville): Jacksonville
Firefighters Win Discrimination Lawsuit
Excerpted from Associated Press
story appearing on FirstCoastNews.Com story 3/4/06
JACKSONVILLE, FL (AP) --
"Four white fire lieutenants were not promoted by Jacksonville's black former fire
chief because of their race, a jury ruled.
"The lawsuit focused on the
denied promotions of Lts. Michael Price, George Williams, Mike Perryman and Nolen Sauls,
who has since died. On Friday, the jury awarded them back pay, finding that race was the
motivating factor in former Fire and Rescue Chief Ray Alfred's decision not to create
rescue captain positions even though they were next in line for promotion in 1999.
"The department's rescue
division chief had recommended them for the posts, but Alfred rejected the new positions
after seeing the list of candidates. U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan will now decide
whether to order the city to promote the men to captain as a result of the verdict. City
Hall attorney Ernst Mueller called the ruling disheartening.
" 'I think they got it wrong,'
he said. 'I don't think that Ray Alfred discriminated.'
"Alfred was not in court
Friday. His phone number is not listed and he could not be reached for comment
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Florida (Jacksonville): Firefighter
hiring revised Delaney's plan raises standards (04/17/99)
"After six months of flux, Mayor John Delaney announced a new plan yesterday to
change the way Jacksonville hires its firefighters while retaining the city's emphasis on
finding more qualified women and minority candidates for the historically white male
"The new approach, which Delaney said the city needed because he was ''sick of
getting sued,'' is designed to eliminate the randomness inherent in the old plan,
"It does away with computer-generated lists of candidates, which formerly determined
who would get interviewed first, and raises standards by requiring more screening tests of
all applicants. Those who survive the nine screens - for areas such as state
certification, physical agility and criminal history - then come in for an oral review,
which winnows the group even further. People who survive that go on a list with those
deemed best put first." [Editor's Note: The "oral interview"
consists of new U.S. Department of Justice-approved "bio-data" such as
personality and other touchy-feely attributes which bear little relationship to technical
skill in fighting fires, BUT which allow more minorities to be hired.]
"But, because Fire Chief Ray Alfred can still pick and choose candidates from that
list based on certain subjective factors - such as whether an applicant ''demonstrated
initiative by overcoming barriers'' - critics of the department's hiring policies are not
likely to be swayed." (Florida Times Union 04/17/99 by Karen Rivedal)
Florida (Jacksonville): Firefighter
Jobs Delayed for Racial Quotas (01/22/99)
"Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney's promised new plan for hiring city firefighters now
is two months overdue, and some City Council members are getting restless. 'I don't
understand the complexity here,' Councilman Max Leggett said at a committee meeting
this week. 'I don't understand how it can be so complicated to do the right thing.'
"But it is, city Deputy General Counsel Steve Rohan said. Rohan, who is helping draft
the new plan, said it was taking longer than the 60 days expected in late September
because staff are sorting through policies used nationwide and reviewing recent law and
court decisions on hiring and affirmative action.
"Last fall, Delaney said he wanted to develop a new method for hiring firefighters
because he was ''sick of the city getting sued.'' At least one possible lawsuit is pending
now, from five white men who are claiming reverse discrimination prevented their hiring.
" 'We are working very, very hard on this,' Rohan said, noting the goal was to
continue getting qualified candidates while breaking down barriers to increased hiring of
women and minorities in the department.
" 'We want a system that's fair and uniform, so candidates will know where they
stand,' Rohan said, noting he intends to have a new plan ready for council
consideration by mid-February.
"Out of the Jacksonville Fire Department's roughly 1,000 total employees, 717 are
white men, 219 black men, 43 white women, 16 black women and 11 men and women of other
minority backgrounds." (Florida Times-Union, 01/22/99, by Karen Rivedal)
Florida (Jacksonville): Mayor Won't
Let Firefighters Take Written Test; Racial Advancement Preferred
Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney doesn't like using written tests to evaluate firefighter
applicants because he believes that minorities tend to score lower on written tests.
So, he wants to racially hire and promote firefighters who don't read and write so
well! You'd better hope these diversity firefighters can find your address when YOUR
house is on fire.
According to the Florida Times-Union "Saying he is 'sick of seeing the city get
sued,' Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney yesterday announced that a new method for hiring
firefighters will likely be developed within 60 days.
''We're looking at a more progressive hiring methodology that frankly would give the
[black] chief some more discretion to consider subjective factors,'' Delaney said, shortly
after meeting with city lawyers." [Subjective factors? What's subjective
about being able to save your house from a fire? Editor.]
''We've got to let everybody know what the rules are,'' Delaney said. ''The old
[test-score based] systems that the department has used have not been satisfactory [for
meeting racial hiring quotas].''
"[Councilman] Crescimbeni wondered how giving Alfred more discretion would protect
the city. ''Typically discretion equals subjectivity and that equals lawsuits,''
"Currently, five white men who didn't get hired are considering suing the city for
reverse racial discrimination.
"Alfred, who is the city's first black fire chief, was appointed by Delaney in 1995.
Since May 1997, he has tried to hire more qualified women and minorities. He does so
using a list of state-qualified candidates generated randomly by computer [based largely
upon race and gender]. He generally then picks white men from the top of the list down but
can move anywhere to choose women and minorities.
''There's more to it,'' Delaney said. ''I violently oppose what Councilman Crescimbeni was
striving to achieve [with his test-based hiring proposal]. I think that would have been a
"[Councilman] Crescimbeni wants firefighters chosen according to how they score on a
new written test that would be developed, with some discretion allowed within the
top-scoring band of candidates. He says his aim is making the hiring system more uniform,
a concern Delaney acknowledged yesterday was valid." (From the Florida
Sun-Sentinel, 09/23/98, by Karen Rivedal)
RELATED -- Florida (Jacksonville): Fire Dept.
"Diversity" Hiring Under Fire (09/04/98)
Councilman John Crescimbeni wants
the fire department to rely more on test scores in hiring firefighters. The mayor
and the supporters of racial quotas say no, you won't!
According to the Times-Union "Without saying a word, Jacksonville Mayor John
Delaney this week left no doubt that he will veto a controversial City Council proposal to
change how city firefighters are hired.
"And, with key council support for the measure also now waning, the year-long attempt
by Councilman John Crescimbeni to impose a more test-score-based approach to hiring city
firefighters appears doomed. ''The mayor and his staff don't want you to vote for
the bill,'' Crescimbeni said Wednesday during an emotional committee hearing on the bill,
which was deferred after it couldn't muster enough support from committee members to move
to the full council."
Mayor Delaney's chief of staff, Susan Wiles, said that the mayor "unequivocally"
supports black Fire Chief Ray Aflred's policy of hiring less-exprienced firefighters in
the name of racial diversity.
"Since May 1997, [black Fire Chief] Alfred has attempted to hire more qualified women
and minorities as firefighters to make the historically white male department more
representative of the community.
"He has done so using a method in which the names of state-certified candidates are
randomly generated by computer to form a list. [Black Fire Chief] Alfred then chooses
white male candidates from the top of the list down, while being able to go anywhere on
the list to choose women and minorities.
"[Councilman] Crescimbeni's proposed method would rank candidates according to how
they score on a new written test that would be developed. It also would give [Chief]
Alfred some discretion to hire anyone in the top-scoring, 10 percent ''band'' of 30 or so
candidates that would be created on each list of about 300 people.
"Crescimbeni and other bill supporters, including Councilmen Mike Hogan and Max
Leggett, maintain that approach is more consistent and eliminates discrimination. ...
Crescimbeni accused [Mayor] Delaney and his staff of caving in to racial blackmail.
''They're scared of it,'' Crescimbeni told committee members.
Since May 1997, black Fire Chief Ray Alfred has hired 19 white men vs. 11
"non-white" men. The city is also now facing a possible lawsuit, in which
five white men who didn't get hired are alleging they were the victims of reverse racial
discrimination. [Editor's note: Chief Alfred hired 19 white men vs. a total of
11 "minority and black" men. But in the U.S. the ratio of white to
"non-white" is about 85% to 15%, yet Alfred's hiring formula resulted in hiring
63.3% white firefighters vs. 36.67% non-white. These stats show that Chief Alfred
hired about 200% more "minority" firefighters than their numbers in the general
population would justify. That's hard to justify even if you believe in reverse
discrimination as a hiring policy.]
"[Chief] Alfred says his [race-based] method is preferable to that of his
predecessor, former chief Charles Clark, who hired strictly according to test scores and
experience. Alfred maintains good test-takers don't necessarily make the best
firefighters, and he noted women and minority candidates historically lack firefighting
experience." [Hmmm. So in the name of "diversity" do you want
minorities with less firefighting experience trying to save YOUR house? Editor.]
(Florida Times-Union, by Karen Rivedal, 09/04/98)
Florida (Miami): Court
Forces Miami Fire Dept. to Abandon Reverse Discrimination (06/20/00)
In 1977, the City of Miami fire department was subjected
to federally-imposed racial hiring quotas allegedly to "remedy past
discrimination" against minorities in the department.
Ten years later, in 1987, the Miami Association of Firefighters, Local 587, International
Association of Firefighters, AFL-CIO moved the district court to dissolve or modify the
consent decree on grounds that it had served its purpose of remedying vestiges of
discrimination. The district court refused to dissolve the decree and Local 587 appealed.
In fighting the IAFFs motion, the court invited a so-called "expert"
witness, Dr. Mark Bendick, who presented spurious data "proving" that historic
discrimination still affected "equal opportunity" for minority applicants to the
fire department. The Court subsequently found that Dr. Bendicks testimony relied on
irrelevant and overly general census data instead of upon accurate, current data relating
specifically to the vestiges of historic racial discrimination in the Miami fire
Therefore, the 11th U.S. District Appeals Court ruled as follows on June 20, 1997:
"Because Dr. Bendick's testimony was insufficient as a matter of law, we hold that
the district court erred in adopting it. The case is REVERSED and REMANDED to the district
court with instructions to grant Local 587's motion to dissolve the 1977 consent decree
provisions relating to promotions."
In other words, the Miami Fire Departments racial hiring quotas were ruled
unconstitutional and illegal by the appeals court on June 20, 1997.
On June 20, 2000 Adversity.Net reader Mark Albury, who was also passed over in the Miami
fire department because he was white, reported as follows: "[As a result of the 11th
Circuit Court of Appeals decision, Miami Fire Department] Captain Jack Hunt was [finally]
promoted to District Chief last month retro active to July 1994.
"...I too am in the trial period after 7 years of waiting for my day in court. I was
skipped for promotion back in Feb. 1993 [because I am white]. I am the last person in the
City of Miami to be skipped on the Fire Dept. that hasn't been made whole. Some cases
before mine (circa 1986-87) have been tossed out on appeal before the entire 11th Circuit
Court of Appeals. The Consent Decree in Miami was tossed out on a motion made by the IAFF
Local 587 in 1989. It took the Court 8 years (from 1989 to 1997) to reverse the racial
hiring quotas. Also, the City of Miami gave false testimony [by "expert" witness
Dr. Mark Bendick in this case and Miami ultimately lost their attempt to retain racial
quotas in the fire department."
For the complete Appeals Court Order, see: United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh
Circuit, Case No. 95-4255: UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. CITY of
MIAMI, FLORIDA, Defendant-Appellee, and Professional Firefighters of Miami, Local 587,
International Association of Firefighters, AFL-CIO, Intervenor/Defendant-Appellant. June
Police Depts. Sued for Reverse Discrimination (09/05/98)
Instead of fighting crime, police
in these departments are forced to spend time fighting race-based hiring and promotions
policies. Two law suits have been filed; and there may be more suits.
According to the Sun-Sentinel of South Florida "The dispute centers on practices such
as the Miami Police Department hiring black officers because of their race. The policies
were implemented in the early 1990s, after racially sparked riots and a high-profile
trial. But two discrimination lawsuits filed against the Miami Beach and Miami police
departments, as well as allegations of discrimination in North Miami, contend the policies
"On Aug. 17, three Miami Beach police officers filed a class-action federal lawsuit
accusing the city of ordering a 15 percent salary cut for new hires six days after
approving a consent decree to hire more women, blacks and Hispanics.
"About the same time, the Miami Police Department promoted Creole-speaking and black
officers in an effort to resolve and prevent racial unrest in the city. The Fraternal
Order of Police sued, saying more qualified officers were passed over for promotions
because they were not black.
"In March , U.S. District Judge James Kehoe agreed and ordered retroactive
promotions and pay for the officers who were skipped over." (From the Sun-Sentinel of South Florida, by Dana Calvo,
Hialeah Police Dept. Loses Reverse Discrimination Suit (08/08/00)
Associated Press headline: "White Cops
Win Discrimination Suit"
MIAMI (AP) "Seven white police sergeants in
a Miami suburb who sued the Hispanic chief of police for reverse discrimination have been
awarded $1.4 million by a federal jury. The suit claimed [that Hialeah's Hispanic]
Police Chief Rolando Bolanos favored Hispanic officers over whites when staffing prized
units such as homicide and narcotics."
The white officers on Monday were each awarded $200,000 for lost wages and benefits which
they suffered since 1996 as a result of Bolanos' aggressive racial quota polices.
All but one officer waived claims for pain and suffering, and that officer was awarded
Associated Press quoted the white sergeants' attorney, Michael Feiler, as saying:
"The jury recognized that discrimination is discrimination, no matter what form it
takes. These officers risked a lot by coming forward while still with the force.''
According to the Associated Press, Hispanic Police Chief Bolanos testified that the white
sergeants' union involvement and presumed anti-authority attitudes thwarted his
racial-quota policies. But Bolanos also testified that the white officers had not
been insubordinate and had never received unsatisfactory evaluations.
Arrogantly, Hispanic Police Chief Bolanos is quoted by AP as stating: "The
conflict I have with these [white] sergeants is not about race. It's about power
struggles,'' Bolanos testified. "These sergeants are opposed to my policies
[regarding racial quotas].'' Bolanos also denounced the officers as defiant,
militant malcontents and singled out two as racist [because they objected to his racial
quota policies]. In spite of Bolanos' pro-quota tirade, the jury of 7 blacks and 3
whites sided with the [white] sergeants.
(Based upon the Associated Press report 08/08/00)
[alternate, similar link: http://www.msnbc.com/local/rtwpb/2032.asp
[Also visit the Florida Hialeah police department web site
County): Fire Qualifications Less
Important than Skin Color! (03/31/99 - dead link)
Headline: "Race debate flares again in Orange" --
The council fight between the four white commissioners and the three
minority commissioners was a continuation of the two-year debate over the
county's fire department, which has about 20 percent minorities and women, according to
Fire Chief Mike Iacona.
"Iacona had proposed reducing the experience required to become a lieutenant from six
years to five. That would have opened up the process to more candidates and allowed about
a third more minority firefighters to apply.
"But leaders of the firefighters' union objected, saying eight years of experience
was a must. And Union President Mark Rhame offered commissioners a not-too-subtle reminder
that white firefighters upset about being denied promotions recently won a
reverse-discrimination lawsuit that cost the county $2.5 million. (See also next story:
"32 FF's Sue County", below.)
"Commissioner Bob Freeman ... said the union was right, adding that less experience
would mean less-qualified lieutenants. Commissioner Ted Edwards agreed, saying:
"I don't think people care what the race is . . . when there is an emergency."
Commissioners Clarence Hoenstine and Bob Sindler joined them in voting for the
union-endorsed eight-year requirement.
The minority commissioners, however, continued to argue that "diversity" was the
right thing, and they actually said that the qualifications argument was a "red
herring"! (Orlando Sentinel 03/31/99 by Scott Maxwell)
County): 32 Firefighters Sue Orange County for Reverse
Discrimination Updated 10-23-98!
Adversity.Net (Horror Stories, Case 11, this site):
Florida's Orange County Fire and Rescue Division thinks that minority status is more
important than job skills! You don't want your house to catch fire in this county!
White firefighters WIN their reverse discrimination suit! The County
Commissioners just don't seem to get it: race or skin color should never be a job
Georgia (Atlanta): 9 Atlanta Firefighters
about to be Offered Settlement (01/27/99)
"Nine Atlanta firefighters who sued Fire Chief Winston Minor with claims they
were bypassed for job promotions because they are white soon may get some relief from the
city. Members of the city's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday unanimously agreed to
pay the nine men--all captains who were seeking to be promoted to battalion
chiefs--$325,000 in settlement of the discrimination lawsuit filed against Minor and two
other fire chiefs in 1996." Let's see, that would be only $36,111 per
firefighter for having their civil rights violated! (Atlanta Journal Constitution,
01/27/99, by Lyda Longa)
/ Fulton County): Black, Female Sheriff found Guilty of
(Horror Stories, Case 8, this site): Sheriff Jackie Barrett is
black, she's female, and she doesn't like to hire or promote white officers! The
Court has found her out, and has ordered the Atlanta Sheriff's Department to pay over
$800,000 in damages to 16 officers.
Georgia (Atlanta / Fulton County): Passed-over Firefighter (white male) awarded $1.8 million
The court found that Deputy Fulton County Fire Chief Danny Bowman had been discriminated
against by the County's racial quota system. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11/12/96)
White Firefighters sue Augusta, former
chief Ronnie Few (05/03/01)
Two veteran white Augusta firefighters have sued Augusta and former Fire Chief Ronnie Few
(black), charging race and age discrimination.
Assistant Chief Jack O. Hanley Sr. (age 67) and Battalion Chief James T. Taylor (age 50)
filed separate but similar Richmond County State Court lawsuits Friday, April 27, alleging
discrimination and harassment during Chief Few's tenure over the fire department.
Chief Few has since fled to the minority-friendly fire department in Washington DC where
he now presides over a majority-black city.
Plaintiffs Hanley and Taylor are sueing for lost
wages and benefits as well as compensation for mental pain and anguish, as well as for
attorney fees. Both Hanley and Taylor are also seekiing punitive damages against (former)
Chief Ronnie Few personally.
"The city and Chief Few will have 30 days to respond to the lawsuits. City Attorney
James Wall said Tuesday he could not comment on pending litigation except to say the city
would defend itself against the allegations.
"Chief Hanley, 67, started at the Richmond County Fire Department in 1975, and Chief
Taylor, 50, was hired by the department in 1972. Both are white men."
Both Hanley and Taylor charge in their lawsuits that the Augusta department (a) has a
written policy stating that firefighters older than 50 are a hazard to themselves and
others; and (b) the department has an an unwritten policy favoring black employees over
white employees. Both Taylor and Hanley charge that they were were suspended from
work in November 1999 based on race and age, that they were docked pay and hours, and that
the department changed their work schedules in order to harass them for their age and skin
As is common in reverse discrimination lawsuits filed by white men, Augusta's equal
employment opportunity office ignored Chief Hanley's and Chief Taylor's civil rights
complaints. Both plaintiffs also maintain that other white males in the Augusta
department have filed complaints for race and/or age discrimination.
Chief Ronnie Few left the Augusta department after leading it for three years.
Several scandals over "junket spending" by Few's department have surfaced since
he fled to accept the Fire Chief in largely black Washington DC.
(Based on the Augusta Chronicle story by Sandy
[Last known link: http://augustachronicle.com/stories/050301/met_192-6129.000.shtml]
Illinois (Belleville): Police Racial Quota Plan
Backfires - White Officers Hired! (04/02/99)
Belleville Daily Southtown Headline: "Anti-bias hiring plan
backfires" -- "A federally imposed hiring system designed to give
blacks and women a better shot at becoming city police officers instead produced six white
men who are expected to be hired next week." Bill Lann Lee and the U.S. Justice
Department helped design the tests, and will review the results.
"But Russell Scott, the chairman of Belleville's Police and Fire Commission, said
Thursday that the city's strict adherence to the plan should quiet complaints about hiring
discrimination that resulted in a 1995 court order to hire more minorities. "We
followed the procedures to the letter, I think even beyond the letter in the spirit, and I
would certainly hope that Justice would realize it's time for the city to move on
here," Scott said. "We need to hire these police officers."
"The new [federally imposed test] system used tests and interview questions developed
jointly by experts working for the city and the Justice Department. Those experts also
helped score the tests, Scott said." These tests made extensive use of
so-called "psychometric data" and "biographical data (biodata)" which
are designed to give preference to minority applicants. Such tests minimize the use
of data pertaining to applicant job-related skills, on-the-job experience, and written
language communications skills.
"The new system was put in place last year as part of a 1995 consent decree between
the city and the Justice Department. The decree settled an anti-discrimination lawsuit
filed by the federal government against the city for not hiring blacks and
women." The Justic Department's suit was based solely on racial numbers and the
Constitutionally questionable concept that certain races are entitled to proportional
representation in employment. (Based on the Daily Southtown story, 04/02/99)
Illinois (Chicago): Firefighters Forced to Attend Political Re-education Camp (12/22/98 - dead)
"The thought that you can correct the deep-seated racial problems (in two hours) is
pretty weak," said one female officer. Another white male lieutenant reported
"I think it's a farce myself that they put all these fire companies out of service
for two hours to listen to some guy who has never been in a firehouse." The
instructor is being paid a whopping $130,000 to conduct these so-called diversity
trainings. Instructor Samuel Betances is a retired sociology professor from
Northeastern Illinois University who is of black and Puerto Rican heritage. The
Windy City lamely hopes that helping make Mr. Betance wealthy will somehow "help heal
the racial divisiveness" in a department that is 75% white and which has experienced
many reverse discrimination lawsuits. It has not occurred to the Chicago FD that
resorting to "fair and equal treatment under the law without regard to race"
just might be a far less expensive and far more effective solution! (Chicago
Tribune, Metro Section, by Andrew Martin, 12/22/98)
Illinois (Chicago): Firemen
exchange charges in race case (01/27/99) (dead
"A Chicago Fire Department battalion chief lashed out at the city Monday for
reassigning him based on the word of a fire captain." Battallion Chief John
Marolda, who is white, feels Capt. Curtis Powell, who is black, is playing the race card
against Marolda out of revenge for writing up Powell for a violent act in the station
(which was witnessed and attested to by several others).
"On Sept. 12, Powell was written up on physical violence charges after nine
colleagues at Engine No. 96, 429 N. Waller, witnessed him picking a fight with a
firefighter attempting to use the kitchen stove. 'A firefighter was cooking
something to eat and Capt. Powell pushed him away from the stove. Powell said it was his
stove. It's the city's stove--not his stove. A vicious verbal argument ensued and I was
told about it later that evening,' Marolda said.
" 'I told the members if that's what happened, make out your forms to me and I'll
start the investigation. The following day, I recommended that a physical violence charge
be placed against Capt. Powell and the district chief agreed. Two days later, I was
charged with racial harassment.'
"Marolda and Lt. Marv Hagele have been reassigned to 'citywide' duty pending the
outcome of the Fire Department's internal investigation into Powell's race discrimination
charges. 'We're not being prosecuted. We're being persecuted,' said
Marolda." (Chicago Sun-Times, 1/26/99, by Fran Spielman)
Illinois (Chicago): Daley Blames Racial Tensions on Long Fire Shifts! (01/23/99) (dead link)
"Mayor Daley scoffed at a union leader's suggestion that [racial] tensions at Engine
96 at 429 N. Waller stemmed from the city's decision to promote minorities at the expense
of higher-scoring whites. 'When you quarter people 24 hours a day in a setting, it
becomes very difficult on each other's nerves,' the mayor told reporters.
The facts suggest that Daley is dreaming. The white firefighters in the department
frequently and publicly object to such racially-preferential practices as adjusting
minority firefighters scores upwards if they dont initially pass the exam.
Minorities claim this creates a hostile work environment, while whites contend that using
racial quotas creates a hostile work environment for them!
Conversely, minority firefighters
object to the white firefighters practice of posting news articles which are
uncomplimentary toward the use of racial quotas and preferences. The Mayor should
listen to the union leader: getting back to qualifications without regard to skin
color will do a lot more to solve racial tensions than shortening the shifts.
(Based on Chicago Sun-Times, 12/23/99, by Fran Spielman)
(Chicago): Slanted Tribune Article Condemns Re-Instatement
of Firefighters (01/02/99 - dead)
28 Chicago firefighters attended a party at a firehouse in 1990. Unfortunately for
them a videotape was made of portions of the party which video allegedly showed inebriated
firefighters using racial slurs and exposing themselves. A minority agent of the
city, operating without a judicially-authorized search warrant, 'leaked' a copy of
the tape, and as a result 7 firefighters were fired, and 21 were suspended. For a
party. The good news for the disciplined firefighters is that the city failed to
observe the statutory requirement that charges be brought within 6 months, so arbitrator
Edwin Benn has ordered the city to rehire the illegally fired firefighters, and has
further ordered that the city award back pay to everyone who was disciplined in this
case. The Tribune, and others, bandy about allegations that inebriated firefighters
went out on fire calls after the beer blast, but neither the Tribune nor the minority
special interests who originated this complaint have offered any Blood Alcohol Content
(BAC) test results to back up this wild claim. (Chicago Tribune, 01-02-99)
Illinois (Chicago): 9 White Firefighters Passed Over for Less-Qualified Minorities
In 1993 11 Blacks and four Hispanics who were less qualified than the white firefighter
applicants were given jobs in this Chicago FD. Nine "white" firefighters
were denied jobs even though they were more qualified. They sued the city for
reverse discrimination. On Nov. 9, 1998 the Supreme Court ruled against the
Constitutional protection of these "white" firefighters against racial
discrimination. (PostNet News 11/09/98; link no
longer available at
Illinois (Chicago): Mayor Daley Thumbs Nose at EEOC; Defends Non-Racial Fire Dept.
Policies (no link)
Like his father, Mayor Daley, Jr. doesn't have much use for federal interference in the
operation of his city! EEOC is so peeved at Daley's resistance to racial quotas,
they're threatening to sic Bill Lann Lee's Justice Department on him! The EEOC wants
the city to engage in what Daley calls "social promotions" solely for purposes
of race. (Chicago Sun Times 8/7/98 -- link no longer available.)
Illinois (Chicago): Chicago
FOP Sues to Halt Reverse-Racist Promotions Scheme
The Windy City's Police Dept.
doesn't seem to like police test scores for hiring and promotion; they prefer something
they call "merit promotions" which take race into account. The Fraternal
Order of Police thinks its a back door attempt at racial quotas. (Chicago Tribune
(Highland Park): ACLU Forces Highland Park
Police to Racially Profile Everyone! (07/14/00)
Police departments around the country are dropping like flies before the war-cry of
"racial profiling". The latest casualty is the Highland Park Police
Department. Two black residents lodged an unsubstantiated complaint that they had
been "racially profiled" by the police. The ACLU threatened Highland Park
with years of legal harassment, and the city caved in. Now, as part of a
"mutually agreeable" consent decree, Highland Park Police are (a) forced to
racially profile all citizens they stop; (b) report those racial profiles to the
ACLU; and (c) all officers must attend political re-education (diversity training, aka
cultural sensitivity training).
Neither the ACLU nor the Highland Park Police have publicly offered any proof that
officers ever engaged in any racially discriminatory behavior. (Adversity.Net
special report 07/14/00)
(State): 5,000 White Males Illegally Rejected by
Illinois State Police Since 1975!
(Horror Stories, Case 10, this site): (April 7, 1998) U.S. District
Court Judge Harry Leinenweber strikes down Illinois practice of giving blacks and other
minorities preference on the State Police Entrance Exam. Illinois must now find the
5,000 rejected officers and offer them the chance to re-apply.
Kansas (Kansas City): KC police
commissioners call minority recruitment program a failure (06/22/99)
"A Kansas City Police Department minority recruiting program that was criticized last
year by federal officials was deemed a failure Tuesday by some police commissioners.
"Other efforts to recruit minorities also were criticized as ineffective by police
commanders and commissioners during the Board of Police Commissioners' regular meeting.
"Much of the discussion Tuesday focused on a cadet program started in 1994 that paid
for two years of college for minority recruits when they agreed to enter the police
"The program was accused of discrimination last year when the city applied for a
grant to help pay for the program. The U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Civil
Rights [Bill Lann Lee, et al] responded to the application by saying, "To the extent
that white male candidates are excluded, there may be some discrimination."
"Since the program started five years ago, 51 minorities applied and 22 were
accepted. Seventeen of them later dropped out, leaving five still in the program. Most
left the program because of poor grades, inappropriate behavior or refusal to cooperate,
said Nick Nichols, manager of human resources.
"The city has spent $185,000 for the program, Nichols said, but the costs will rise
because three recruits are still in school. If all the recruits do become officers, it
will mean the city paid at least $37,000 to recruit each officer." (The Kansas
City Star, 06/22/99, by Christine Vendel)
City): Sheriff's Dept. Sued for
Reverse Discrimination (no link)
Lt. James Eickhoff, Wyandotte
County Sheriff's Department, passed the cadet exam in the 99th percentile, but is
rejected. Eickhoff is white; his suit alleges that white males are required to have
a 4 yr. college degree (which he does not), while black applicants need only a high school
diploma or GED! (Post Dispatch 8/21/98 -- link no longer available.)
Peace Officers' Group in Topeka (01/28/99)
"Law enforcement officers from two Shawnee County agencies announced Wednesday
formation of a Topeka regional chapter of the Latino Peace Officers Association, a
national organization designed to encourage community service and support diversity in law
" 'I think there's always a need for this kind of organization,' said John P.
Anguiano, Topeka police sergeant and president of the local chapter. 'I believe
there is a need, and it's not just for certain areas of town. It's for the whole
community.' The Topeka chapter consists of 19 members -- 17 from the
Topeka department, one from the Shawnee County Sheriff's Department and one from the
University of Kansas Police Department." (Topeka News, 01/29/99, by Kevin
Bates of the Capital Journal)
End Police Fire (2) Florida to Kansas