[QUOTE=Neomalthusian;1060280242]Why should the providers of a service reflect the community's demographics? It's not like black people are better at putting out the fires where other black people live. I think the service should just be provided adequately. I don't know the real reason why FDNY's demographics don't parallel New York's, but apparently some people think it's the entrance test, eh?
I'm wondering when courts are going to start forcing restaurants to hire bald, fat ugly men as hosts in decent restaurants. Because you know you'll only ever see hot chicks there when you walk in. "How many?" they ask. "As many as you want, girl." [/QUOTE
The idea that because a given sector of the population is underrepresented in a given situation does not necessarily mean that the entrance or promotion requirements are wrong. It just means that there are more of one group than another. There can be other reasons than discrimination. Possibly blacks do not want to be firemen. Maybe the education at their schools is lower, in which case the fault lies with the education system. There can be a host of reasons.
(2) Airlines have already been down that road.