Firefighters: Equality or special treatment? [Letter]

March 07, 2014

The article, "Firefighter recruits at issue at BWI Airport" (March 5), brought to light the issue of a recent all-white firefighter recruitment class at the Baltimore-Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport. A comment was made that "The complaints are the latest in a series of claims from black firefighters that they don't get equal consideration in recruitment at fire departments throughout the region."

If the nine white recruits were the most experienced and qualified for the job, as the article implies, then the people making the comment don't want equal considerations in recruitment for minority recruits, they want quotas. In their minds, race should trump the experience and qualifications of the recruit. If this is true, what they really want are special considerations for minority recruits, not equal consideration.

Randi Hughes, Edgewood

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