1972 -city being accused of racism regarding FF hiring

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1972 -city being accused of racism regarding FF hiring - EFFORT TO ANSWER . RACISM CHARGES City Offers...
EFFORT TO ANSWER . RACISM CHARGES City Offers Jobs as Firemen to Its Black Employes BY JIM NEUBACHER 'I , Fret Presi staff Wrltr Charles Lee, a young, black clerk in the Detroit city controller's record office, answered answered the phone Friday and was offered a job as a fireman. Lee, 21, was excited by the offer, but calmed down enough to tell the caller from the city's Civil Service Commission-that Commission-that Commission-that he wanted to think it over. . Lee and about 11 other young black city employes were the first potential recruits contacted in a city crash program to better integrate the Fire Department. THE DEPARTMENT has lagged in recruiting recruiting blacks, and came under fire recently when the new fire class began training with no black members. The city responded to charges of racism by announcing Friday a number of plans to increase the blacks in the Fire Department. While civil service tests are re-evaluated re-evaluated re-evaluated and recruiting of blacks is stepped up, the city hopes to use the black employes it already already has to fill the Fire Department gap. "The ready supply of these employes appears appears to us to be the major recruiting resource resource available in view of the rigid time blacks to the Fire Department could not be viewed as a long-term long-term long-term solution. For example, if Lee decides to become a firefighter, there will be one less black employe employe in the controller's office. Says Meyer: "We worked like the devil to get minority employes in the controller's office. This is part of the problem of trying to solve all of this at one time." Anoiner potential problem is that, the internal internal recruiting drive may pluck young black employes out of jobs which could, in the future, take them up the city corporate ladder to policy-making, policy-making, policy-making, white collar positions. MEYER SAYS the recruiting. will only be aimed at those employes who express interest interest in response to the casual survey by department department heads. Lee is currently attending school part-time, part-time, part-time, hoping to complete his studies with a degree in accounting which could lead him to a comfortable job in the controller's office. But Lee had already applied for a job as a police officer. He. said Friday he was seriously seriously considering taking the fireman's job. "It s a lot safer. At least, I'd like throwing water on something better than shooting somebody, I think." One potential problem is that the internal recruiting drive may pluck young blacks out of jobs which could lead to future policymaking policymaking positions. limitations" said the Mayor's Task Force on Firefighter Recruiting. . . .. Charles Meyer, head of the civil service department, said Friday that transferring

Clipped from Detroit Free Press14 Oct 1972, SatPage 24

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan)14 Oct 1972, SatPage 24
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