Saturday, June 27, 2009
Nicole Allan and Emily Bazelon have written an excellent 5-part series at Slate about the New Haven Fire Department and race relations in fire departments in other cities in anticipation of Monday's decision in Ricci v. DeStefano. Here is a sort of table of contents:
- Part 1: A Connecticut City's Race Problem Sparks a National Debate
- Part 2: Do White, Black, and Hispanic Firefighters in New Haven Get Along?
- Part 3: Why Did New Haven's White Firefighters Test Better Than Blacks and Hispanics?
- Part 4: Is There a Better Way to Decide Who Gets Promoted?
- Part 5: Is There Any Fair Solution to the New Haven Case?
The series goes in depth into a number of the issues that get glossed over in the usual media coverage of this case, avoiding rhetoric and legal jargon and explaining what are very complicated matters. I highly recommend reading it if you are at all interested in the case or employment discrimination and equality issues more generally.