Steve Sailer called my attention to the Ricci reverse discrimination case. A lawyer representing the New Haven firemen—who are suing the city for refusing to promote them for the last half decade because zero blacks passed the 2003 promotional exams—was grilled by Judge Sotomayor.
TORRE, defending the White firefighters who passed the exam but were not promoted, said: I think a fundamental failure is the application of these concepts to this job as if these men were garbage collectors. This is a command position of a First Responder agency. The books you see piled on my desk are fire science books. These men face life threatening circumstances every time they go out. ... Please look at the examinations. ... You need to know: this is not an aptitude test. This is a high-level command position in a post-9/11 era no less. They are tested for their knowledge of fire, behavior, combustion principles, building collapse, truss roofs, building construction, confined space rescue, dirty bomb response, anthrax, metallurgy...Firefighters die every week in this country. ... [There was a case ] a few miles away where a young father and firefighter Eddie Ramos died after a truss roof collapsed in a warehouse fire because the person who commanded the scene decided to send men into an unoccupied house, with no people to save on Thanksgiving Day, with a truss roof known to collapse early in the fire because of the nature of the pins that hold the trusses together would have collapsed. And for 20 minutes he couldn't find any air and he he suffocated to death.I think that Steve Sailer is getting it all wrong and framing the debate in the false way. We have a situation where jobs like firefighters and their promotion systems were devised for an era where the population was uniformly White. The continuation of past systems designed specifically for Whites will ensure that only Whites will advance and be promoted. In the new population, which is diverse, promoting only Whites will develope a caste society, which is unacceptable by definition. Sotomayor demands the development of a promotion system that test knowledge in a more substancial way, meaning one that will permit non-Whites to be promoted. Everyone, including Steve Sailer, protests because they think that non-Whites are intrinsically inferior and therefore should not be promoted to the rank of firefighter lieutenant or captain. And they bring out the Bell Curve, which they think is God's Commandment to Opress Non-Whites.
JUDGE SOTOMAYOR: Counsel ... we're not suggesting that unqualified people be hired. But if your test is always going to put a certain group at the bottom of the pass rate so they're never ever going to be promoted, and there is a fair test that could be devised that measures knowledge in a more substantive way.
Having made more than a few shekels out of the firefighting trade, which is the ultimate demonstration that I have an idea of what I am talking about, I say that the firefighting job is badly designed and that firefighters use obsolete and unefficient methods and tools (see that clown in the pic). It could also be said that the system of testing and promotions guaranties the conservatism, the lack of innovation, the lack of imagination of the firefighting profession. The profession has developed into a Medioeval Guild, where the current rulers of the guild establish the system by which they will be replaced (in due time, of course...). As always, they make sure that their inheritors will continue their cherished, sacred traditions and they will look like they look.
The Ricci caste of ethnic (White) firefighter maffia must be attacked and I say attacked = from two directions:
(1) Competition. The firefighting market must be liberated. The current monopoly must be broken. A city, a commercial compound, a factory, must have the chance to choose between several service providers. If a private service offers faster response, better technical fire protection (say, by using fire retardant chemical fogs), and a competitive price, why should one be forced to rely an the city's monopoly? I compare the situation to the police in Israel: Due to several reasons, police does no actual policing and does not answer standard home robbery calls and so on. So a parallel sector of private guard companies have developed, that installs alarms and provide a rapid and reliable service. Since many policemen moonlight in these systems, they have legal and heavy-weapons backing, should they need it.
(2) Job redesign. The firefighting job description as given by Torre is anachronistic and idiotic. She thinks that the job of the firefighter is to heroically go inside a burning house with a powerful water hose. Risking limb and life if something falls or collapses on their stupid heads, like in the World Trade fire where hundreds of heroic if imbecile firefighters died. That is wrong. Today the job is prevention, alarm, authomatic computer managed operation, and so on. No firefighter should be forced to calculate on the site the optimal combination of water hoses to reach a fire. The US Army did an excellent job in redefining the infantry soldier. They designed much simpler and reliable, idiot-proof hand weapons, eliminated all written manuals and literature, the adapted the job requirements to the new kind of recruits they had available. After the Viet Nam fiasco, they were forced to do some thinking and do with the Americans they had. They did not say that IQ 120 was necessary to be a Marine, since they had no IQ 120 recruits, so they quietly redesigned the Marine's job and weapons so that the people they had would be able to perform. And the American Army is very successful, it is winning everywhere.
Conclusion: Sotomayor - without being aware of what she was doing - is a force for change, a force for good. Ricci and his Italian and Irish firefighter caste, awake and start changing and adapting. Or die.
I should add that it was Prof. Kevin MacDonald who made me change my opinion on Hon. Judge Sotomayor. Thanks.