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A council today defended a decision to exclude white people from applying to join a management training scheme.
Bristol City Council is facing criticism after the two-year graduate placement, worth £18,000, was offered only to ethnic minorities.
the process was legal and is addressing an imbalance in the ethnic mix of its workforce.
Originally posted by bwcorky
The UK fire service has being doing this for years with the full support of the Fire Brigades Union and the Labour givernment. Open days were held solely for ethnic minorities and women. At these open days minority groups were shown how to fill in application forms and given help and info on how to get through what was a very rigorous interview process. In fact the majority of people who applied for the job often fell at the first post, which was the application form, and minority groups were steered through that process. When serving firefighters complained to the union or to management they were told that minority groups were under represented in the fire service and that our attitude could be seen as racist by certain people in the brigade. We risked being suspended from duty whilst investigations were carried out into our so called racist behaviour, with the union fully endorsing that action. We were also warned that anyone who heard a comment about positive discrimination could be disciplined for not reporting that comment. This is still common practice and also happens in the police force. Recently South Yorks Fire Service sacked a 15 year service fire fighter for allegedly not reporting a racist comment he had suppsedly heard someone make. I have never been comfortable with it and never will.
By BEN EVANS
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stung by a series of inquiries, nearly half the members of the Congressional Black Caucus want to scale back the aggressive ethics procedures that Democrats trumpeted after gaining control of Congress. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and 19 fellow black lawmakers in the all-Democratic caucus quietly introduced a resolution last week that would restrict the powers of the new independent Office of Congressional Ethics. The office, formed by Congress in 2008, is run by a panel of private citizens. Black caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., is among the sponsors, but the full 42-member caucus did not endorse the measure. Lee declined comment through a spokesman. The absence of support from top Democratic leaders for Fudge's proposal - including from House Whip Jim Clyburn, a black caucus member from South Carolina - suggests that it isn't going anywhere. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered no immediate comment. Since its inception, the ethics office has investigated at least eight black caucus members, including veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and five others in that group over privately funded trips to the Caribbean. Some lawmakers have complained that the increased transparency of the new office is unfair to lawmakers who are ultimately cleared of wrongdoing. Fudge's spokeswoman did not immediately respond Wednesday to requests for comment on the proposal. The office, which doesn't have the power to sanction lawmakers, essentially serves as an advisory board to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, a congressional committee run by lawmakers who are charged with policing their colleagues. The citizen-run ethics panel is far more open than the notoriously secretive standards committee, publicizing its referrals even when the standards committee finds no violations. Fudge's proposal would remove that power, and allow lawmakers on the standards committee to seal from public view the ethics office's findings on matters deemed meritless. The resolution also would make it harder for the ethics office to initiate investigations, requiring a sworn complaint from a citizen claiming personal knowledge of an alleged violation. That could prevent complaints from watchdog groups, for example. It would prevent the standards committee from taking a referral from the ethics office within 60 days before an election in which the subject of the case is a candidate.
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"