Chicago must hire 111 bypassed black firefighter candidates


The Chicago Fire Department must hire 111 bypassed black firefighter candidates — and distribute “tens of millions of dollars” in damages to 6,000 others who will never get that chance — a federal appeals court ruled Friday, upholding a landmark ruling.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 9-to-0 decision, that, contrary to the city’s contention, African-American candidates hadn’t waited too long before filing a lawsuit that accused the city of discriminating against them for the way it handled a 1995 firefighter’s entrance exam.

On Friday, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that ruling and sent the case back to the trial court to implement what it called the “hiring remedy” the city has been stalling.

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Well, unless the rules in Chiago are different (which I doubt due to the department belonging to the IAFF) if the 49 year old works six years, he can cash out to retirement. That would figure out to be about 90% of his annual salary. Add to that the 16 years of back pay he will be given, in spite of the fact that he has been working in another field all these years.

As to the 38 year old who says that he still wants to be a firefighter, he admits that both his father, and grandfather, were firefighters so it would seem that he is the only one who couldn’t pass the test.

The city will bust its butt, and instruct the academy, to pass these clowns out of the academy even if they fail. It is the PC thing to do, you know. But upon graduation, they should be assigned to a black community so that if they fail (and they will) in doing their jobs properly, it won’t affect anyone but the ones who are celebrating this decision.

Typical liberal stupidity. It’s not what you know, but who you know, that allows you to get a job. What is the city going to say when someone dies, due to a fire, that otherwise would have been saved, except for the incompetence of a firefighter? ” Sorry your relative had to die, but you see, this guy needed a job, and even though he couldn’t pass the normal testing required, we had to let him in anyway because of his skin color.”

Do you think that will make the family feel better?

johngalt, the best line I ever heard came from a friend who was an instructor at a large Texas city’s fire academy. When he got a class of new recruites he told them:

“I don’t care what your skin color is. I can only see your blue uniforms. And for those of you who think they can use their skin color to get through this academy, I have just one thing to say to you: as a Hispanic, I don’t suffer from white guilt.”

By this logic…the flight crew of “Air Force One” should be replaced with some Chicago Southside gang-bangers because they flew kites when they were seven.