Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Firefighters and Racial Exclusion

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/nyregion/28firefighters.html?scp=3&sq=minority&st=cse

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?

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Written by carlyeg

September 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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