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    Hey, I have been knocking the place you live for awhile now, I guess it ain't all that bad:


    For the first time since it integrated 50 years ago, the Baltimore City Fire Department has hired an all-white class of recruits for its training academy.

    A group of retired black city firefighters, many of whom became pioneers when they integrated the Fire Department in the 1950s and 1960s, are accusing Chief William J. Goodwin Jr. of stamping on racial progress and violating the tenets of the Civil Rights Act.

    "The chief has set this department back 50 years with this group," said retired firefighter Alfred Boyd, referring to the 30 men and women in this year's recruiting class.

    A fire official called the class an anomaly, saying the department had followed its normal hiring procedures. But the agency is reacting with a couple of quick fixes - including allowing six blacks to skirt the hiring process and join the academy on a conditional basis, and requesting that the entrance test be changed.

    In a city where 65 percent of the residents are black, only about 25 percent of its 1,700 firefighters and paramedics are racial minorities. The department said it does not break down the minority figure by individual races.

    The retired black firefighters, eight of whom recently met to discuss their discontent with Goodwin and the department's recruiting efforts, have met with the chief's staff to voice their concerns but said they didn't get a sympathetic response.

    Goodwin, a third-generation firefighter who was appointed chief in February 2002 by Mayor Martin O'Malley, did not return four calls for comment left for him over the past week. Goodwin's staff confirmed that the chief had received each message.

    Other fire officials acknowledge that the lack of minorities in the academy class is something the department needs to address.

    "The department, from the division chief of personnel on down, was concerned something like this would happen," said James Gardner, a department spokesman. "It was just one of those anomalies where a great number of minorities did not take the test and, number two, a great number of them did not score high on the test."

    Goodwin assumed his post at a time when some at the department felt the agency too often overlooked minorities in recruiting and promoting. Some city officials quietly worried that Goodwin would not do enough about the situation.

    City Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young, who grudgingly supported Goodwin's appointment in 2002, said the racial makeup of the current class "is unbelievable."

    "This is the history of our Fire Department as it relates to recruiting minorities and people from the city," Young said. "I don't want to discredit the chief, but ultimately this reflects on him."

    Young and other council members have called for the matter to be discussed by the City Council. Young is chair of the executive appointments committee which approved Goodwin's hiring and handles his job performance reviews.

    "He was already here for his review, but knowing this, we can always bring him back," said Young.

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    I want to see how many blacks applied and how they tested on the written, physical and psychological tests. The fact none were hired does not prove racism..... unless they did just as well and weren't chosen.
     
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    But that's not supposed to matter. Only their color.... :rolleyes:
     
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    The interpretation of standardized test scores is full of traps that news media, politicians and interested citizens commonly fall into. Racial and ethnic gaps, and particularly their trends, are not always what they seem. A perceived gap decrease can really be an increase, and vice versa. In this essay we show how to make sense of test-score data. Examples are taken from Maryland (MSPAP) and Texas (TAAS) statewide exams, the bar exam and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Exam Part I. A coherent pattern emerges.

    http://www.lagriffedulion.f2s.com/testing.htm

    Without such programs as affirmative action it would be almost impossible for blacks to achive any kind of success in any civil socity.
     
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    I dont know the situation to well ,but Id like to just make this point.How many black businesses only have black employees?how manynonasians work in asian owned businesses?how many nonarabs work for arabic businesses?how many colleges have onlyblack student bodies? my point isits only brought up when its whites. equal rights are not equal at all.By the way I am native american and I'm just satisfied living and breathing and having employment in the best country in the world however it was formed.
     
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    It was formed by whites.
     

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