When diversity is at risk, one has little time to worry about the law or racism.
This is seen in the case of Eric Adams, NYC's mayor who wants to increase diversity and hire people in NYC based on race and appearance.
But he's going to be "increasing diversity" aka discriminating against white folks. So it's okay.
From the New York Post:
Mayor Eric Adams is collecting headshots of potential city workers in a thinly-veiled effort to increase diversity, according to a new report.
Adams has requested city agencies to provide photographs of potential hires to City Hall as candidates go through the interview process for city jobs ranging from assistant commissioner to departmental press secretary, Politico reported Thursday.
Several unnamed city officials told the outlet that the request is clearly an effort to hire more diverse staffers. However, Adams maintains that it will merely help him recognize his employees in the sprawling city workforce.
"Everyone knew what it was. There was no question. It was the first thing everybody said: ‘We're going to start counting complexions now,'" one recently-departed City Hall employee told Politico.
The majority of the officials interviewed by the outlet — who requested anonymity to speak freely about the internal measure — said they supported a more diverse workforce but worried the practice is already causing the Adams administration to make hiring decisions with a greater emphasis on race and ethnicity than merit.
The civil rights act makes it illegal to hire on the basis of race. That's why Adams has this thinly veiled pretext for using the photos. He just wants to be able to recognize the thousands of city employees. That's all.
"Clarifying also that the avatars in the attached should be actual photos as the Mayor likes to begin to recognize folks faces," a mayoral staffer wrote in the email, according to the publication.
One official said they were verbally told that Adams wanted agencies to hire people who "reflect the constituencies we serve."
Hiring managers aren't expected to ask job candidates for headshots, but instead grab photos from social media sites like LinkedIn to appease the mayor's request, two sources told Politico.
"The whole hiring process this City Hall set up is difficult enough, and the photo requirement just takes it from hard to bizarre and uncomfortable," another high-ranking agency official said.
Adams' administration said the photo requests — which also apply to existing top staffers — is a way for the mayor to learn and recognize the faces of who he employs.
Everyone knows, and his own officials are saying, that the photos are there so that the mayor can pick "diverse" faces to employ.
He's literally judging everyone based solely on the shade of their skin!
It's just like the 50s and 60s, except it's reversed.
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