Supreme Court tackles reverse discrimination

    The U.S. Supreme Court is trying to figure out if Affirmative Action is still necessary.





    The U.S. Supreme Court is trying to figure out if Affirmative Action is still necessary.
    CNN reports that the bench was split over a civil rights case brought by 20 firefighters (most of whom were White) on April 22 who said they had fallen victim to reverse discrimination.
    They filed suit in New Haven, Connecticut after an official scrapped the results of a promotion exam. The official claimed the test didn’t leave enough qualified minorities in the field of candidates.
    The firefighters, who call themselves the New Haven 20, say that their civil rights were violated when the results were tossed away.
    The city of New Haven contends that had they done their promotions based on the original test results they may have gone against the 1964 Civil rights act because the exam had a “disparate impact” on minorities. Specifically, none of the Black applicants passed the test and only one Latino would have gotten a promotion.
    Now the Supreme Court has to determine whether the city willfully discriminated against the New Haven 20.
    The justices have also been asked to weigh whether special consideration and treatment for minorities is still needed, or if the laws have become outdated. No doubt the biggest argument for progress would be the fact that a Black man is in the White House.
    Wednesday’s views were split along ideological lines, but most of the justice were clear with their opinions on racial considerations were appropriate.
    "It looked at the results and classified successful and unsuccessful applicants by race," Justice Anthony Kennedy said. "And you [New Haven] want us to say this isn’t race? I have trouble with this argument."
    However, Justice David Souter said that ruling against New Haven could put the city in a "damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t" situation, leaving them open to suits from Whites and minorities.
    A lawyer arguing for New Haven said the city was just trying to ensure that the process was fair for all applicants regardless of their race.
    So what did the Supreme Court decide?  We’ll all have to wait: A ruling in the case is expected in about two months



    — Sonya Eskridge




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