I have read and heard bits and pieces about this firefighter exam. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I understand any company's desire for racial fairness through diversity, but I don't agree with throwing out a entire test just because enough black people or people of color did not pass it. That in and of itself seems unfair, and makes people think that tests have to be 'dumbed down' in order for black or colored people to pass it. That means we are losing the ability to get things based on merit. I don't agree with this sentiment, but what happened to the time when black folks were saying you have to work twice as hard or twice as long as white people to get ahead? I don't think we have to work twice as hard because we are black, but it is required that we study and do our best. If that is done and you still haven't passed..... then who's fault is that? I understand the importance of Affirmative Action and 'forced' diversity measures as subvert as overt discrimination against so-called minorities exist, and I am not an opponent of affirmative action. But I am not sure how that can be balanced if we truly are falling behind academically.... meaning we just aren't smart enough to pass things as is. Do things have to be dumbed down for black people? It seems like all jobs have test these days, especially the lower paying jobs that don't require advanced degrees or skilled training (which many of us fall into). They get a lot of applicants, and so-called personality-and-character tests have little to do with the job or ability of the person and more to do with the process of elimination.... even tho they claim that those who pass these test have a higher and better work ethic than those who don't. However, you notice these personality-and-character test aren't given for the skilled and higher degreed jobs because they have fewer applicants and a bigger need to hire from a smaller pool of applicants. I can't pass many of these online character-and-personality tests, but I will improve my prospects of getting hired by getting a skilled trade which don't require these tests. If employees aren't willing to hire from resume/application/interview process.... then that just sucks. I think all tests that have nothing to do with the job itself should be eliminated. Many of the people passed over and eliminated are black or colored people. Please read the entire article, it was interesting and informative. 'colored people' = people of color such as asians and latinos. if you don't like the term, I really don't care. Try to stay focused on the subject.