At every level from city to county to state to federal, it is illegal to post a job listing that discriminates based on race. This isn’t just common sense in 2019. It’s been part of federal Equal Opportunity Employment language for decades.
According to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is “illegal for an employer to publish a job advertisement that shows a preference for or discourages someone from applying for a job” due to race, color, religion, sex or other characteristics.
Someone at the New York City Board of Education missed the memo on racism, perhaps because they didn’t see anything wrong as long as the racism was targeting Caucasian-Americans and possibly Asian-Americans. After all, anything done in the name of diversity couldn’t be racist, right?
That question was both sarcastic and rhetorical.
The job posting, which went up on Indeed on April 27th, reads:
“District 1 in NYC is looking to hire teachers of color for the 2019-2020 school year.”
It the proceeds to encourage applicants to attend a “Job Fair for Diverse Teachers” which happened May 14.
Imagine, for a moment, the national backlash that would have come had a school district posted a job listing attempting to “hire white or Asian teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.” Such a listing wouldn’t be ignored by mainstream media. Heads would roll at the board of education. Protests would be held at city hall.
But for this listing, only the NY Post chose to point out the problems.
Yes, the DOE denies direct responsibility for the post, which linked to a job fair invitation from Irene Sanchez, the principal at PS 15 Roberto Clemente. And her invite hinted in the same direction: “We are committed to diversifying our teaching staff.”
Chancellor Richard Carranza is too experienced to put out a “no whites (or Asians) need apply” sign. But he told the DOE brass to “get on board with my equity platform or leave” when he arrived last June.
A principal at an American public school should be aware that bigotry in any form is not acceptable. When it comes to hiring practices, it’s illegal. The sad part is this particular bigotry will be swept under the rug.
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