Christopher J. Ortiz
The police department in North Miami have dropped the swimming
requirement for new officers in the effort to recruit more
African-Americans because, apparently “They have been intimidated
because (African-Americans) don’t swim. Very few of them swim,” as
the mayor of the city said, adequately.
This entirely white editorial staff was unaware of this
stereotype, but its offensiveness is still detrimental.
Organizations should not make or change policies based on
stereotypes and we hope the mayor and the police department has
issued an apology.
Earlier this month, former Notre Dame football player, Paul
Hornung made the comment that the school must ease up on its
academic restrictions because, “we gotta get the black athlete. We
must get the black athlete if we are going to compete.”
It seems we really haven’t made much progress when statements
like these making very general and degrading comments about
African-Americans, Hispanics and other ethics groups are coming
from the mouths’ of community leaders.