It seems they needed to hire a few new police officers in Dayton, so they had a little test that they gave to potential recruits. There was a problem with the test. You see, the Department of Justice is a little unhappy with the number of blacks who failed this exam. So the Obama administration has decreed that the test will be given again, and this time the passing score will be lowered so that more blacks will pass.
Let’s cut to the chase here. What does this mean if you are now, or you are soon to become, a black police officer in Dayton, Ohio, every time you encounter a citizen –, whether it be a traffic stop, or some other law enforcement situation — that citizen is going to presume that you, as a black police officer, are less qualified for your job then the white police officers in Dayton. Now you may not like what I have just said, and you can scream racism until the aardvarks come home, but you know what I have this right. Virtually every citizen of Dayton knows or soon will know that the qualifications on the police exam have been lowered for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to facilitate the hiring of more black police officers. The fact is that many black applicants did pass the test, and that there are many veteran of black police officers in Dayton, who have shown their qualifications to serve in that office over the years. This, though, will have no bearing on public perception. If a white motorist is pulled over by a black police officer he’ll be thinking to himself, “Oh great, I’m getting stopped by an affirmative action cop. Just my luck.” It is unfortunate, but this will probably result in black police officers in Dayton being treated with less than the respect that they deserve for the job that they do. But for the Obama Justice Department it’s not about qualifications, it’s about race.
In effect, Obama’s Department of Justice has said that actual qualifications come in second behind race when it comes to choosing the next recruitment class for the Dayton Police Department.