Here is another case of just how messed up our country is. The left is notorious for finding a "problem" that doesn't really exist and then doing everything, fair or not, to correct the so-called problem or injustice. That's exactly what's going on in Phoenix where there is a push to hire minority lifeguards, even if the recruits can't swim!
As reported at NPR.org, the Phoenix aquatics department noticed a "problem." At the public pools that are used mostly by black and hispanic kids, the lifeguards were mostly white. Horrors, right? Thus, the quest began to recruit more minorities to be lifeguards.
The report indicates that the old "model" used to be that the city would recruit from schools that had swim teams, i.e. that had better swimmers, and these better swimmers happened to be white. And this is somehow a problem? Apparently so.
"The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white," Kelly Martinez (who works for the city) says, "and we don't like that. The kids don't relate; there's language issues."
Question... when someone is flailing his or her arms in the air, is it in a particular language? What about when the person starts sinking to the bottom of the pool? Is that in German, English, or Spanish?
Judicial Watch digs more into the story and reports that thousands of dollars were raised to recruit minorities for the job of lifeguard, even if the minorities were not good swimmers.
Evidently officials are willing to compromise those “effective services” at 29 public swimming pools spread throughout the city. To diversify the lifeguard force, Phoenix will spend thousands of dollars to recruit minorities even if they’re not strong swimmers, according to an official quoted in a news report. Blacks, Latinos and Asians who may not necessarily qualify can still get hired, says the city official who adds that “we will work with you in your swimming abilities.”
If a person is drowning, do you think he or she cares who is doing the saving? Probably not. However, the sinking person probably hopes that the person doing the saving can actually swim. It seems like common sense, but maybe it's not too common any more.