12+48=’s Racism?

“VIRGINIA BEACH — The city has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve allegations that it discriminated against black and Hispanic police recruits.

Under a consent decree filed Monday in federal court in Norfolk, the city will change the way it scores the police entrance exam.

The Justice Department had complained that the math portion of the exam had an adverse effect on minority applicants and unfairly excluded them from being hired.

After an 18-month investigation, the Justice Department found that the police force did not reflect the diversity of the city’s population because of how the math test was graded

The Justice Department claimed that the test’s pass-fail system had a disproportionate effect on minorities because the passing rates for blacks and Hispanics were less than 80 percent of the passing rate for whites.

From 2002 to mid-2005, about 85 percent of white applicants passed the math exam, compared with 59 percent of blacks and 66 percent of Hispanics.”

Ehr…so are they saying questions like 12+48=x somehow favor white people over minorities? How can that possibly be?

There’s a problem here, but it’s not racism. It’s the quota system that the Justice Department is obviously applying here. Instead of just insisting on equal treatment, what they’re doing is saying that if each race doesn’t do as well as the other, then somehow, someway, it must be racist. That’s wrong.

The government should simply try to make sure that everyone gets equal treatment under the law, instead of getting into the business of trying to insure that there are equal results.

Hat tip to The Corner for the story.

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