Anyone who follows the farce that affirmative action has devolved into will find no surprises in this story. The U.S. Department of Justice has directed the Dayton, Ohio, Police Department to lower the standards for applicants because the number of blacks who passed the qualifying exams was deemed insufficient. Where applicants once had to score a 66 on one part of the test and a 72 on the other, now a 58 and a 63 will serve as passing grades, the equivalent of a F and a D.
Actions such as this are ordinarily couched in terms of “culturally biased” tests that favor whites, Asians, or what have you. It’s actually refreshing to finally see the bald-faced admission that the only way a sufficient number of applicants from favored groups can meet hiring standards is by lowering them.