I've always been wary of the way the city of New Haven handled the results of its now infamous firefighter promotion test. It never made sense to me. When test results came back, and no black firefighters had scores high enough for immediate promotion, New Haven decided to throw out the results of the test on the grounds that the test itself may have been discriminatory and that the black firefighters might sue the city for discrimination. New Haven was not being altruistic in its concerns about "racial fairness."
The city was afraid of getting sued and so they made an unappealing judgment to simply disregard all of the test results. That's not fair. ...
And the American public, for the most part, stands with the firefighters:
"Not surprisingly, most Republicans think that the firefighters were victims of discrimination, but a majority of Democrats join in that view," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Fifty-seven percent of Democrats say the white firefighters were discriminated against. Two-thirds of Independents and three-quarters of Republicans agree." Source: CNN Poll: Two-thirds think firefighters were discriminated against
But now back to how this ruling my impact the confirmation of Judge Sotomayor. In a nutshell, I don't believe it will.
Other Supreme Court judges have been reversed before taking a seat on the bench. My bet is that Sotomayor will be challenged much more vigorously on her notions of the importance of being "a wise Latina woman."
Community Discussion: Reverse Discrimination Firefighter Case
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