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03 April 2013

The Asshattery of Affirmative Action: "The 'Would You Like To Be A Lifeguard?' Minority Status Required. Ability To Swim? Not So Much" Edition

Are you a minority?

Are you a teenager or young adult?

Do you live in Phoenix?

Would you like to be a lifeguard...ability to swim is not required?

If so, does the Aquatics Programme in Phoenix have a job for you!!!

phoenix lifeguards

The Aquatics program in Phoenix is trying to recruit lifeguards that better reflect the communities where they work.


Judicial Watch reported:

In a staggering case of affirmative action gone wild, officials in a major U.S. city are actually recruiting minorities to be lifeguards at public pools even if they’re not good swimmers. It’s all in the name of diversity.

You can’t make this stuff up. It’s a real-life story out of Phoenix, the capitol of Arizona and the nation’s sixth-largest city. It has more than 1.4 million residents and, among its official mottos is “value and respect” of diversity. This means “more than gender and race,” according to the city’s official website. It also encompasses “uniqueness and individuality” and embracing differences. “We put this belief into action to provide effective services to our diverse community.”

Evidently officials are willing to compromise those “effective services” at 29 public swimming pools spread throughout the city. To diversify the lifeguard force, Phoenix will spend thousands of dollars to recruit minorities even if they’re not strong swimmers, according to an official quoted in a news report. Blacks, Latinos and Asians who may not necessarily qualify can still get hired, says the city official who adds that “we will work with you in your swimming abilities.”

I'd say that "You just can't make this shit up!"  But, I can't as it is wholly unsurprising and, only this morning, I wrote this:

"Social cohesion, many claim, requires programmes like Affirmative Action because, without interaction based on 'diversity' alone, a society cannot remain together if it is burdened with glass ceilings.   To them, having a minority in a particular job is more important than whether the minority can perform the tasks demanding of her or him, the action succeeds, and how impacts the very groups, like minorities, it claims to be protecting, on the one hand, and, on the other, completely undercuts the arguments for Equal Protection under the law because physical traits and Balkinisms trump 'content of character.''

What's a few drownings - likely of minorities – between friends if more minorities can have jobs for which they are unqualified?

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