The NY Fire dept. has commissioned a statue to be erected as a memorial of Set. 11th. The statue will be based on a now-famous picture of three NYFD men raising the flag at ground zero.
The statue will have one white, one black, and one hispanic. This is not the way it was. The three men in the picture were white. An NYFD spokesman said that this was to reflect the fact that while the picture "happened" to capture three whites, the statue should reflect the multi-ethnic NYFD.
But this is also a lie - or if not a lie, at least a big exaguration. Blacks and Hispanics COMBINED make only 5% of the NYFD. Their part of the NYC population is of course much greater.
OK, so someone thought that they may be labeled as racist if they left the facts as they were (I wonder if the photographer caught any heat for his insensitivity). But who, I wonder, would complain about it? Would Jesse Jackson start a campaign to get the NYFD to acknowledge minority participation on an equal level, even though that was not the case? Perhaps we should wonder why so few minorities seem to want to join the Fire Department.
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