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    Default President Obama's Justice Dept. supports racism!

    Imagine what the outcry would have been if Bush had supported an action of throwing out a list predominated with minorities?

    These clowns are nothing more than KKK members with dark skin! Thanks BHO. God D@mn America indeed!


    John Yoo: A missed opportunity to put skills above race

    Eric Holder, the nation's first African American attorney general, decided to provoke a controversy over race. "In things racial," he said in a speech celebrating Black History Month, "we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."

    Although the nation "has done a pretty good job" integrating the workplace, Holder said, "on Saturdays and Sundays America in the year 2009 does not, in some ways, differ significantly from the country that existed some 50 years ago."

    While surely offensive to some, Holder was only echoing his boss. It was in Philadelphia a year ago that the son of a black father and a white mother, with a Kenyan name, explained why he was running for president.

    While condemning the racist remarks of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Barack Obama said that the furor over his church was a sign of "the complexities of race in this country that we've never really worked through - a part of our union that we have yet to perfect."

    In words much like Holder's, Obama declared: "The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Rev. Wright's sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning."

    Now President Obama and his chief law enforcement officer have missed an opportunity to live up to their promise to take the nation beyond the old battle lines over race.

    In one of the most important affirmative action cases of the last 20 years, the Obama administration has decided to support the use of race by New Haven, Conn., in making hiring, firing, and promotion decisions.

    The case of Ricci v. DeStefano began in 2003, when New Haven decided to fill vacant lieutenant and captain positions in its fire department. It gave a merit-based exam (60 percent of the grade) and comprehensive interviews (40 percent) to determine whether candidates had the knowledge and skills to command those on the front lines during an emergency. None of the candidates eligible for the eight lieutenant openings was a minority, while two Hispanics made the grade for the seven captain vacancies.

    Dissatisfied with the racial results, New Haven simply threw out the exam. When firefighters sued, the city said in court that it was not trying to remedy past discrimination and that it had not even relied on the rationale of "diversity." The last thing the home of Yale University would be up to is discrimination against blacks and Hispanics; if anything, city fathers have aggressively sought to boost the numbers of minorities.

    Beyond making whole the actual victims of discrimination, the Supreme Court has approved the government's use of racial criteria only to promote diversity in university classrooms. Even that was so narrow a decision that the justices refused two years ago to extend it to primary and secondary schools. In fact, the Supreme Court has spent the last 20 years trying to stop the government's use of race in its many applications.

    That has not deterred cities from trying to hide a spoils system that divvies up spending and jobs among groups defined by skin color. Just as pernicious, New Haven said it had to throw out the firefighters' test to meet the 1964 Civil Rights Act's ban on racial discrimination in employment. Under this faulty logic, the national government can order cities and states to violate the Constitution. Washington could just as well order states to reinstitute slavery or take away free speech.

    Our new president likes to invoke comparisons to the Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln. To Lincoln, the Declaration of Independence's promise that all men are created equal was a "great truth, applicable to all men at all times." In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln justified the carnage of the battle with the prospect of preserving the "new nation," created by "our fathers," that was "conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

    Our nation fulfilled that promise when it amended the Constitution to make clear that the state cannot deny any American the equal protection of the law because of skin color. Immigrants came to our shores because of the promise that they would have equality of opportunity, free from governments that choose winners and losers because of their parents or their race.

    The Obama administration could have fulfilled Lincoln's promise by not turning a blind eye to the racial-spoils systems run by cities and states that hide behind the banner of "diversity." But instead his Justice Department filed a brief Friday supporting New Haven. If the Supreme Court allows firefighters to be chosen on the basis of their skills and knowledge to combat emergencies, it will be the Justices and not the president who opens a new and promising page in the story of race relations in our country.

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    A Race Case? Duck And Cover.
    A firefighters' suit could trouble the Obama administration.


    Michael Isikoff
    NEWSWEEK

    From the magazine issue dated Mar 16, 2009


    Burn Notice: A fire engine drives past Yale Law School, where an explosive device went off in November 2003


    What began as a reverse discrimination lawsuit filed by 20 New Haven, Conn., firefighters five years ago could become a long-term political headache for the Obama administration. The case involves a complaint filed by 19 white firefighters and one Hispanic who were rejected for promotions despite passing a civil-service test. After the lead plaintiff, firefighter Frank Ricci, who had hoped to become a lieutenant, and his fellow plaintiffs got high scores, the city scrapped the test and promoted no one rather than give them the jobs over black candidates who had earned lower scores. When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in January, the Obama administration was faced with a dilemma: how to handle a case with the potential to stir up old controversies over "racial quotas"—an issue that Obama, as a candidate, made clear he wanted to get beyond? The case's sensitivity was only heightened by Attorney General Eric Holder's recent remark about the United States still being a "nation of cowards" on racial matters—a comment that was deemed needlessly divisive by some and refreshingly candid by others.

    A Justice Department official, who asked not to be identified discussing a sensitive matter, confirmed that DOJ lawyers had consulted with White House counsel Gregory Craig's office about how to handle the case. Then in late February, Justice quietly filed a brief that another lawyer involved, who also asked for anonymity, called a "political straddle." The brief for the most part supported the city of New Haven's position: it had the right to toss out the test if there was a reasonable basis to believe the city might later be sued by black applicants for an insufficiently diverse fire force. However, Justice also argued that the case should be "remanded" to U.S. district court for further fact-finding, specifically to determine whether the city's explanation for tossing the test was a "pretext for intentional racial discrimination" against the white firefighters. Conservatives pounced on the filing, arguing that Justice's position—if adopted by the high court—would reopen the door to "politically correct discrimination" and "racial preferences."

    The legal squabble could have an impact on the next Supreme Court nominee. One of three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals panel that originally upheld New Haven's position was Sonia Sotomayor, a Hispanic who is often mentioned as being on Obama's shortlist for the next open Supreme Court seat. Conservatives ripped into Sotomayor's handling of the case, citing criticism from one of her colleagues, Clinton appointee José Cabranes, who argued that the opinion that she and her two colleagues issued was misleading because it made no mention of the "weighty" constitutional issues at stake. If Obama ultimately does name her to the court, said Ed Whelan, director of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative advocacy group, the New Haven case "should be a big strike against her."

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    Discrimination at it's best. Any time one uses race that is discrimination. Personally, I think we need to eliminate all references to race. Here is the exam, everyone answers the same questions, if you do poorly then go out and study more.

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    look what you supporters have done! this is change alright... everyone supported him to not look like racist white people because that was the number one thing people said to antisupporters of obama.. just because your not white doesnt make you, the victim to racist thoughts

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    Discrimination at it's best. Any time one uses race that is discrimination.
    You can use anything as discrimination, it does not have to be race. if someone makes you do something based on the way you dress, act, talk, anything. its discrimination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackman1801 View Post
    You can use anything as discrimination, it does not have to be race. if someone makes you do something based on the way you dress, act, talk, anything. its discrimination.
    My wife makes me get the salad instead of the double bacon cheese burger. I guess you call that discrimination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malana1 View Post
    My wife makes me get the salad instead of the double bacon cheese burger. I guess you call that discrimination.
    Strap on a set, man!! Demand the Ranch dressing (if she doesn't mind)

    Affirmative action is nothing more that legalized discrimination. It is wrong and everyone knows it. But, it has been around a lot longer than Obama.

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