Diversity run amok

5 Apr

lifeguard-sizedThe office grump is all pissed – this time in the name of diversity.

I damn near fell out of my chair when I read this.

In a staggering case of affirmative action gone wild, officials in Phoenix, Arizona are actually recruiting minorities to be lifeguards at public pools even if they’re not good swimmers.

Phoenix has just moved full-time onto my “nut list”.

If you’ve never been there, it’s a hot place and it has 29 public swimming pools throughout the city.

And it’s one of the most liberal places around.

To diversify the lifeguard force, it says it will spend thousands of dollars to recruit minorities even if they’re not strong swimmers.

Blacks, Latinos and Asians who may not necessarily qualify can still get hired.

The hiring notice posted by the city says “we will work with you in your swimming abilities.”

Wonder why they’re doing this?

Not enough applicants that can swim?

The public pools are largely used by Latino and African-American kids, but most of the lifeguards are white and Phoenix says this creates a huge problem.

Says a city official, “The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white and we don’t like that. The kids don’t relate; there’s language issues.”

A visit to the City of Phoenix website shows this is who it’s looking to hire:

122 Hispanic
44 African-American
23 Caucasian
5 Asian
2 Other

How did it ever come to this?

Be rational – if you moved to Germany and went to a swimming pool there, should you expect an American lifeguard so you can speak the same language and feel culturally comfortable?

No way.
You learn the language and be a part of the community.

I did some lifeguarding back in my youth.

There was no interest in relating to the kids.

Too much horseplay and you blew the whistle – cut it out.
They don’t listen – get out the pool.

That’s all the relating needed.

The life guard is there to keep everyone safe and pull their butt out of the water when they get in trouble.
And ogle the girls.

And you better know what you’re doing when some kid in a panic is trying to climb on top your head while you’re trying to save him.

Seriously, just what the hell is going on?

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