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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-27-09 08:52 AM
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16. The test is "under seal" by the court, in the first place.
Secondly, as I live in New Haven my perspective is a bit different. I am no expert on this case but a lot of this goes to Mayor John DeStefano's longtime relationship with the Rev. Boise Kimber, a quasi leader in the black community. DeStefano has long been apologist for Kimber who is not a very gooe example of a "leader." Kimber once was given some cash for safekeeping by an elderly black woman who had scrimped and saved for her own burial expenses to spare her kids the expense. That very day Kimber paid his daughter's tuition payment at Hopkins Country Day School here in New Haven IN CASH, a kinda strange thing for a parent to do at this exclusive school. Nothing has been really proven, of course, but a LOT of people had problems with it. It is widely suspected that Kimber was threatening to organize a huge backlash in the black community against DeStefano in this year's mayoralty campaign if the test was not thrown out.

I supported John DeStefano in his bids for mayor and in 06 for governor, which he lost. Recently, he has tried to "privatize" the janitors working for the city by demanding that AFSCME take them out of the union in return for saving 27 jobs of AFSCME members at City Hall. The union rightfully refused and 27 people lost their jobs, mainly in areas such as Elderly Services, Family Services, homeless and other Community Services -- in other words, taking away support systems coordination and maintenance for the poorest, youngest and most politically vulnerable segments of our city's population. God only knows what DeStefano would have done to the janitors if he was successful in getting rid of their union protections.

I can no longer support DeStefano and will vote for the only candidate to oppose him, the Green Party candidate (Republicans won't even show up for this one).

I hold DeStefano responsible for this test situation. He did not do due diligence in getting a test that had been used elsewhere with racially balanced results.

What may be forgotten in all this is that the test they used did not serve the white firefighters either. I have no doubt that they studied hard, but if the test had some flaws in it that would work against the black firefighters then there was the possibility that the test results were doomed. So they would be set up for a no win situation. However, since we cannot see the test, how do we know?
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