Phoenix, Arizona-area public swimming pools have been making waves in the news recently over a new hiring practice. Test yourself and see if you can spot why some folks might find fault with their initiative.
After noticing that most of the lifeguards at the public pools used by Latino and African-American kids were white, the Phoenix aquatics department decided to try to recruit minorities.
More than 90 percent of the students at Alhambra High are black, Latino or Asian. On a recruiting effort there over the winter, the city’s Melissa Boyle tells students she’s not looking for strong swimmers. Like many under-resourced schools, Alhambra doesn’t have a swim team.
“We will work with you in your swimming abilities,” Boyle says.
Is this how recruiting normally happens where YOU work? Does your employer search for people who possess the appropriate skin color they want, even though the candidates do not currently possess the skills, ability or aptitude for the job, and then offer to train them…even though there is already an existing pool of potential hires available who actually CAN thoroughly perform all of the requirements?
And in this case in particular, the job to be filled is one which may determine whether someone lives or dies. Shouldn’t the #1 hiring goal in such a case be to determine a person’s readiness to perform lifesaving actions, rather than their melanin quotient?
Do we really want to place the Utopian dream of diversity ahead of, oh, I don’t know, those candidate’s ABILITY to actually SWIM??
Of course, our pals over at MediaMattters.com had to muddy the waters on this one, and attempted to portray Fox News’ entirely logical reaction of “Are you kidding me?!?!?” as …(wait for it) …”race-baiting”. And as usual, Media Matters is out-of-their-depth here.
Just watch this report and determine for yourself if it seems like race-baiting, or simply being eminently reasonable:
To be fair, the NPR article (and the Fox folks) also noted that another desire of the pool was to have lifeguards who spoke Spanish. Okay, fine: I can certainly see how that may be of interest, if Spanish is commonly spoken in that setting.
But isn’t that a different requirement altogether, which is NOT inherently race-related? Are kids who speak Spanish never Caucasians?
I seem to recall that Spanish was the most basic second language which was taught in school. Also, such a concern doesn’t address the black children at all. Are they fluent in yet a third language, other than English or Spanish?
Now before someone says “C’mon, the kids DO have to pass a ‘test‘ prior to getting hired…”, just take a peek at the end of the article:
“Honestly, I have a little bit a fear of the water, and I wanted to overcome that fear,” says high school junior Jesus Jimenez. He didn’t grow up going to pools with his family but likes the idea of lifeguarding.
“It is nice to have the satisfaction of knowing that if somebody is in trouble you can save them at any time,” he says.
If he is selected to be a lifeguard, other pool staff will work with him on his swimming skills all summer.
So you tell me: is it normal for a person who has been fairly and objectively “selected to be a lifeguard“, to then be in need of having staff “work with” them on their “swimming skills all summer“? Hmmm?
I’m wandering out to the edge of the diving board on this one, and guessing: No.
In an era when Progressives are insisting that homosexuals be allowed to be Boy Scout leaders, and that Catholic groups should be forced to accept atheists to lead their organization, we can’t be surprised by this. That does not mean, however, that the situation in Arizona shouldn’t be called out for what it is: diversity for diversity’s sake.
The truly outrageous part is that this time, it’s prioritizing diversity over safety.
As our society continues to drown in an ocean of Political Correctness, I pray this city’s pools don’t experience a drowning of a far more tragic nature.