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A New York City firefighter at a recent fire in Queens.
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A New York City firefighter at a recent fire in Queens.

Social engineering leads to special treatment, not equal treatment

Government

It should be obvious by now that when some members of certain minorities as well as those who want to normalize deviant sexual behavior speak about civil rights, it’s not equal treatment they seek but special treatment. They want to redefine terms to encompass preposterous ideas. They want race- and sex-based standards lowered or outright exemptions.

For example, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) allowed a woman named Wendy Tapia to graduate from the Fire Academy and become a firefighter even after she failed the running test five times. The department will allow her to take the test an “unprecedented” sixth time. Talk about a do-over. It might seem like a small thing, but it amounts to special, not equal, treatment.

“I don’t know how she got to graduate,” an unnamed female firefighter told the New York Post. “It never should have happened. You should not graduate if you can’t meet all the requirements—male, female, black or white.” She sounds like someone I know. Although race-based special treatment policies are designed to benefit me, I stand firmly against them in the name of fairness (a bit of pride) and getting the government out of the racial bean-counting business.

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The FDNY has a history of dealing with this sort of thing. Back in 2007, the Justice Department under President George W. Bush sued the FDNY and claimed that two pass-fail written exams and the rank ordering process disparately affected minorities and weren’t job-related or consistent with business necessity. Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis later ruled that the department discriminated against blacks and Hispanics with a recruitment exam used between 1999 and 2007. The same judge ruled that New York City intentionally discriminated against minorities by continuing to use the exam. Garaufis called the FDNY, a group of civil servants who risk their lives to save others, “a stubborn bastion of white male privilege” and ordered the city to hire candidates who failed the exam. A federal court eventually overturned Garaufis’ ruling that the city intentionally discriminated against minorities.

To no one’s surprise, these social engineering efforts haven’t worked out as planned. Grievance-mongering and victim-hunting trump common sense, efficiency, and fairness. When it comes to government employment, racial and gender neutrality should always be the goal. We humans aren’t diverse merely based on the color of our skin or the design of our reproductive organs. Each of us has different levels of intelligence, interest, motivation, skill, and talent. In PC America, it’s difficult for some to accept that we aren’t and never will be equal in that sense. To paraphrase Shakespeare, there is more diversity in heaven and earth, Social Engineer, than is dreamt of in your philosophy.

Regardless of our differences, individual Americans should strive to earn what they want and unequivocally reject their government’s mandate to lower the standards for them, especially based on race and ethnicity. Some will fail. Some will succeed. Some will dream new dreams and keep striving. It’s not so much a matter of pride but of dignity.

La Shawn Barber
La Shawn Barber

La Shawn writes about culture, faith, and politics. Her work has appeared in the Christian Research Journal, Christianity Today, the Washington Examiner, and other publications

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