Talk about a money funnel to all the wrong interests in all the wrong places.
Democrats, in their ever-expanding quest for “equity” (i.e., communism), have really struck a new low with their latest deranged attack on people who actually work for a living.
Chiefly by giving massive settlements, to the tune of up to $2,000,000+ to “diverse” candidates who failed the NTE teaching exam, a requirement for being able to teach in public schools.
However, rather than studying harder and/or choosing a different profession, several candidates who failed subsequently sued New York City for being “racist” in its employment practices.
That’s right: Multiple individuals who failed a teaching exam are now apparently entitled to up to $2,000,000+ in settlements, which is absolutely unbelievable, to say the least.
As detailed by the New York Post, these antics have ironically sent several teachers into a blistering rage.
Apparently, a group of potential candidates filed a lawsuit against New York City for “racist” hiring practices, despite the fact that the State of New York, not the city, requires the exam, and the fact that employers should have the right to set bare minimum standards for employment.
Apparently, the bare minimum is now “racist,” as alleged in the lawsuit.
Between March 1993 and June 1995, over 90 percent of White test-takers passed the 80-question multiple choice exam, versus 53 percent of Black test-takers and 50 percent of Hispanic test-takers.
The original lawsuit, which was filed in 1996 by Elsa Gulino, Mayling Ralph, Peter Wilds, and Nia Greene, alleged that the act due to “disparity in [National Teacher Exam] passing rates.”
Note that the plaintiffs didn’t say disparity in terms of the opportunities to take the test, they said disparity in outcomes of the test.
In other words, the militants have zero interest in equal opportunity, which actually requires people to work.
They are, however, very much interested in doing nothing while robbing everyone else in order to achieve “equity.”
“This action is brought to remedy discrimination in employment on the basis of race in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” the plaintiffs sneered.
How insanely insulting to the real intentions of the Civil Rights Act, which strove for equal opportunity … not groundless equity and endless self-victimization.
Especially the type of self-victimization in which the “victims” demand millions in compensation for failing to pass an exam that they clearly didn’t prepare for.
A revolting interpretation of the Civil Rights Act, to put it mildly.
Which is precisely why New York City was able to steadily shut down the lawsuit, but the plaintiffs just kept coming back and demanding more, filing appeal after appeal, until they finally scored a woke judge who let them move forward.
With the rise of the criminal BLM and other communist organizations, outgoing mayor Bill DeBlasio unwisely earmarked nearly two billion dollars to settle with individuals who failed an exam.
In other words, a bunch of individuals who never even taught are now literally handed well over a million in cash, while individuals who actually taught probably have very limited retirement savings after years of poor pay and violence in the city.
One such teacher includes Arthur Goldstein, a veteran teacher who recently retired from Francis Lewis High School in Queens.
“All this money for nothing – nothing! … I’ve been teaching in … overcrowded classrooms in miserable conditions when we could’ve had more teachers working. Instead, we just have the city paying [money] for no reason at all. It’s ridiculous,” Goldstein fumed.
It’s beyond ridiculous. It’s straight up criminal, not to mention in keeping with utterly unsustainable “reparations” that punish people who actually bothered to work for a living and prepare appropriately for the future.
Even administrators are deeply disturbed by the precedent set in the ruling.
A Brooklyn principal, who wisely remained unnamed, remarked on how “crazy” the outcome was.
“The standards are the standards … It shouldn’t be based on what would be easy for blacks or whites. To hire people who are not qualified and change the requirements because a certain group didn’t pass the test is bulls–t,” the principal ranted.
Alas, New York City has gone from spending an estimated $600,000 per night to house illegal migrants to throwing collective billions at individuals who failed an exam in the 1990s.
As the city is also steadily driving out all the working individuals whose taxes are necessary to fund all the madness in the first place, it’s a wonder that the city functions at all.
One thing is for certain – Dems have set a clear standard with this deranged ruling.
And that standard is as follows: It pays to fail.
Author: Ofelia Thornton