Leftist Reaction to Ricci v. DeStefano

In a narrow, 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the New Haven, Conn., firefighters who sued the city for reverse discrimintion. The lead plaintiff, Frank Ricci, argued that the city’s rejection of the Fire Department’s promotional examination violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Ricci took extraordinary steps to pass the exam. He quit a second job to make time for prepartion. He also suffers from dyslexia and paid $1,000 to have his textbooks recorded to audiotape. With intense study he ended up placing 6th out of 77 people on the lieutenant’s examination. Ricci’s achievement is clearly a personal triumph, and a powerful example of hard work self-determination. The Court’s ruling, essentially rejecting New Haven’s “reverse discrimination” policies, would appear to be a no-brainer. But no blacks or Hispanics performed well enough on the exam to be offered promotion, the city claimed potential liability from “disparate impact” lawsuits and threw out the results.

Much is being written, of course. My interest here is to record a few example of reaction on the far left of the spectrum. Clearly, leftist victimology, and continued claims of “accumulated disadvantages” of racism and “institutional discrimination” are driving the discussion on the left. Here are a few samples, in no particular order