Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Firefighters and Racial Exclusion

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This is an interesting article that considers the role that racial exclusion has played in fire departments. It addresses issues of affirmative action and racially-motivated rejections in the workplace. It shocks me that the fire department is still overwhelmingly white, despite the high numbers of minorities that apply. I question the scarcity of black firefighters that persists “more than a hundred years after the department hired its first African-American employee”. Clearly, minorities are showing an interest in becoming firefighters, so why do they continue to get denied? Shall some form of affirmative action be implemented?


Written by carlyeg

September 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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