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Despite Sotomayor, A Victory For Firefighters

By Wyatt Earp | June 29, 2009

Racist SotomayorThere is cause for belated celebration in New Haven, Connecticut today, as the Supreme Court found that white firefighters were unfairly denied promotions because the test’s results did not have enough racial diversity. Obama SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor sided against the affected firefighters during the appellate ruling.

Sonia Sotomayor siding against white firefighters. Shocka!

Captain America has been on this story for months now, as his profession (and mine) is directly affected by this ruling.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court sided Monday with white firefighters in a workplace discrimination lawsuit, a divisive case over the role race should play in job advancement.

In the split 5-4 vote, a majority of the justices ruled that the city of New Haven, Connecticut, improperly threw out the results of promotional exams that officials said left too few minorities qualified.

The fact that this was a 5-4 split really angers me. This should have been an open and shut case, as there was obvious racism shown here by the city of New Haven.

One Latino and no African-American firefighters qualified for promotion based on the exam; the city subsequently decided not to certify the results and issued no promotions.

They did not score high enough to make the promotional list. How is that anyone else’s fault but their own? New Haven then felt it necessary to punish the white firefighters because they studied harder and passed the test? Are you kidding me?

Worse yet, four justices saw no problem with this. Amazing.

“The city rejected the test results solely because the higher scoring candidates were white,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the majority. “Fear of litigation alone cannot justify an employer’s reliance on race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions.”

Exactly. Well said, Justice Kennedy. Of course, with every example of common sense, there is a dissent from an idiot:

In a dissent read from the bench, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg questioned the fairness of the test, which was 60 percent written and 40 percent oral.

“Relying so heavily on pencil-and-paper exams to select firefighters is a dubious practice,” Ginsburg said, calling the majority ruling “troubling.” (H/TCNN)

Ginsburg, as usual, is 100% incorrect. The only part of the promotional exam that could be called into question is the oral, because the board can find some answers are up to interpretation. The written exam has only one correct answer. It is far from dubious!

What the Hell would she have the fire department do? Resorting to something akin to “field promotions” would lend itself to nepotism, favoritism, and other shenanigans. Oral and written exams are currently the only fair way to promote from within the ranks!

This, my friends, is what happens when you appoint ultra-liberal justices to the court. They want to affect the law instead of interpret it – and that is not the job of the SCOTUS. It is also why appointing Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is a mistake.

Appoint an ultra-liberal; I couldn’t care less. But have the good sense to appoint a liberal who understands the job, and not one who wants to make law from the bench.

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9 Responses to “Despite Sotomayor, A Victory For Firefighters”

  1. Jon Brooks Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    The really good point is that with this decision the ongoing discrimination against whites will now hopefully come to a screeching halt. Maybe that part of me that wanted to build a time machine and go back to tell my ancestor killed at Antietam to switch sides
    because they will never appreciate your sacrifice can rest easy now.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Jon – No, whites are only remembered for owning slaves. Never for helping free them. I guess Sotomayor didn’t learn that lesson when she was filled with “Latina wisdom.”

  3. wagonsux Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Since the City of Philadelphia rarely, if ever, obeys Court orders, this decision will have little effect on us.

  4. RT Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    What I think is telling about the test is that one firefighter put extensive effort into doing as well as he could on the test, as he is dyslexic. If anything, he was not at any more of an advantage than anyone else. He likely had to do more and by doing as well as he did on the test earned his spot.

    (Not sure that came out how I intended.)

    Glad the ruling came down when it did.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 29th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Wagonsux – Sadly, you are absolutely correct. The city ignores court orders, but expects us to uphold them.

    RT – Unfortunately, the test was held in 2003. Six years for justice. God Bless America.

  6. MeToo Says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Kudos to the newly appointed firefighters and their attorneys. Finally, truth, justice and the American way wins out. Looks like this is Sotomayor’s “Inconvenient Truth” as a wise, Latina woman.

  7. Howie Says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I would like to how she feels about promoting within the US Navy?

  8. Bitter American Says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Finally! Something the Republicans can (maybe) hold over the Obamessiah’s head! Oh, wait,….Minnesota’s finest just f**ked that deal, right?

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 1st, 2009 at 12:48 am

    MeToo – That phrase still bothers me. If someone said they were a “wise, White male,” they would be crucified in the media.

    Howie – Like she cares about the Navy, or the military in general. You’d be as screwed as the firefighters with her.

    BA – Let them have their 60-vote majority. When they screw up (again), they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.