This past Friday, I brought up the fourth taboo topic of polite conversation: race.
In “A Nations of Cowards Concerning Race? Yes, but Holder Got It Wrong All the Same,” I argued that maybe we shouldn’t be focusing on race as much as we do. That maybe, just maybe, we should “drop the race card and focus on what we’re teaching our children instead.”
Now, Dayton, Ohio presents yet another example of how dangerous our focus on race has become. Literally dangerous too, considering that the local police department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.
In their defense, this decision comes down from the U.S. Department of Justice, which says that not enough African-Americans passed the exam.
So instead of seeking to solve the problem by asking how our education system has perhaps failed African Americans – and the larger community – they instead just lowered the test score requirements.
That is a racist decision, as it blatantly implies that blacks are automatically handicapped against whites and therefore need outside assistance to qualify. It is a cowardly decision, as it takes the easy way out with as little pain or self-reflection as possible. And it is a dangerous decision, as it forces Dayton, Ohio to employ under-qualified, black and white men and women in positions of authority with full access to firearms.
A Hypocrite Once Again
Incidentally, while his administration gives the thumbs up to lowering standards in tax-payer funded usage of guns, Obama wants to enact stricter background checks for citizens who want to purchase a gun.
Hypocritical much? Especially considering that the Dayton, Ohio standards are already eyebrow-raising low. Police candidates had to get just 66% on one part of their exam and 72% on the second. Now it will be lowered to 58% and 63%… grades that would earn anybody else Fs and Ds.
How much more likely are people getting those kinds of grades to take the law into their own hands, bend to corruption or mess up on duty? Remember, these are authority figures with guns. When they make even innocent mistakes, it could mean a life.
As Dayton Fraternal Order of Police President Randy Beane says, “It becomes a safety issue for the people of our community. It becomes a safety issue to have an incompetent officer next to you in a life and death situation.”
Unfortunately, America’s obsession with race became a safety issue a long time ago.