Seattle will now test firefighters on "How To Be an Antiracist," "A Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias and Fighting Fire," and "Memoir of a Transgender Firefighter"
· May 26, 2023 ·

You guys, I worry about Seattle, I really do.

Especially when I see stories like this:

Seriously, I'm not joking. Seattle's firefighters are actually tested on a book called Both Sides of the Fire Lane: Memoirs of a Transgender Firefighter.

That's a real book!!!

This is beyond parody. Like, Seattle is doomed.

To see if they're up to snuff, most departments administer a written test, typically multiple-choice, to prospective lieutenants. Candidates must score above a cut-off to be considered for the job, with higher scores increasing the odds of promotion. The exam, which covers a litany of topics from building construction to medical techniques, is designed to ensure that the people making life-and-death decisions know the bare minimum to make them well.

Okay, so that's your normal, everyday test to climb the ladder at any old fire department, but in Seattle they do it differently.

So firefighters in Seattle, Washington, were surprised when their department's lieutenant exam focused almost as much on social justice as on firefighting.

The test, which has both written and oral components, is based on a list of texts assigned by the Seattle Department of Human Resources — including, as of this year, How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and Both Sides of the Fire Lane: Memoirs of a Transgender Firefighter by Bobbie Scopa, according to a copy of the exam bibliography obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Along with A Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias and Fighting Fire, a memoir by a female firefighter, the books about race and gender span over 800 pages — a large fraction of the total study material.

Yeah, I know you firefighters are into, like, saving lives and stuff, but can you make sure to discriminate specifically based on race while you do the lifesaving? Thanks!

I mean, it's 2023 so I guess it's about time we started firefighting in such a fashion.

I'm sorry, I shouldn't talk like that.

Honestly, I cannot believe this is real. Here's the exam in case you thought I showed up here without receipts:

Look at all those woke titles!

It's ridiculous.

I can't believe Ibram Kendi's How To Be an Antiracist is on that list. I mean, I can, because it's Seattle, but it just sort of blows my mind still. That book is straight garbage, and it literally writes itself in circles the entire time because its premise is flawed. It's worth a read only if you want to know more about the twisted ideology floating around in your leftist friend's noggin. And hey, maybe that would help Seattle's firefighters, you never know.

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The exam is part of a much larger effort to diversify a department that, as Seattle fire chief Harold Scoggins lamented last year, is "overwhelmingly" white men. Those efforts, critics say, have made the promotion process more about ideology and less about merit, politicizing a public service where competence can mean the difference between life and death.

Overwhelmingly white men.

I can't believe in such a diverse city the only people who want to show up and put out fires for random strangers are overwhelmingly white men.

Tells you a lot about those darn whites, doesn't it?

This whole story is just absolute hogwash.

And obviously, when we're talking lives on the line, we're 100% wasting our time when we quiz firefighters on texts in social justice and woke ideology.

Lives will be lost because of this, and we all know whose hands the blood will be on.

The retardation of our society is happening live, right in front of our eyes, and it's the leftists who are pushing the ideology which has led to this.

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