Bloomberg Dismisses NAACP, ‘Life Isn’t Always Fair’ (VIDEO)

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed a complaint on Thursday, September 27, against the U.S. Department of Education, claiming that the admissions test for entering New York City’s top eight public high schools is racially biased against blacks and Hispanics. The complaint is likely to be found valid: While seventy percent of public school students in NYC are black or Hispanic, only 19 blacks and 32 hispanics out of 967 students were offered spots at Stuyvesant High School, the most sought-after school in the district.

The New York Times reports:

At issue is the Specialized High School Admissions Test, which is the sole criterion for admission to eight specialized schools that, even in the view of city officials, have been troubled by racial demographics that are out of balance.

Although 70 percent of the city’s public school students are black and Hispanic, a far smaller percentage have scored high enough to receive offers from one of the schools. According to the complaint, 733 of the 12,525 black and Hispanic students who took the exam were offered seats this year. For whites, 1,253 of the 4,101 test takers were offered seats. Of 7,119 Asian students who took the test, 2,490 were offered seats. At Stuyvesant High School, the most sought-after school, 19 blacks were offered seats in a freshman class of 967.

“I refuse to believe there are only 19 brilliant African-Americans in the city; it simply cannot be the case,” Mr. Hewitt said. “It is a shameful practice and it must be changed.”

The test-only rule has existed for decades, as have complaints about its effect on minority enrollment. In May 1971, after officials began thinking about adding other criteria for admission, protests from many parents, mostly white, persuaded the State Legislature to enshrine the rule in state law.

Mayor Bloomberg dismissed the complaint, however, saying that “life isn’t always fair” and “these schools are meant for the best and the brightest.”

Here’s the video:


His statements are shockingly offensive, as is the refusal to address the valid complaint.

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