Exec's laser focus helps minority training, hiring

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 1, 2010 - 11:46 PM

Summit Academy's Louis King, a former Army officer, has made inroads for his trainees during the recession with a relentless but disciplined style.

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mkrammMar. 2, 10 2:59 AM

These quotas are nothing but a civil rights theft where the color of one's skin dictates how they are treated. It is one thing to practice non-discrimination, another to practice affirmative action (discrimination). Where are the quota programs for the NBA? Where are the special programs designed to give special help for whites who want to get into the NBA and blacks who want to get into the NHL? Where are the special programs to get more male kindergarten teachers and more female jackhammer operators?

These are nothing but racial extortion rackets. Proving that everything old is new again. Instead of blacks being discriminated against, we have whites being discriminated against. Despite the Civil Rights changes of the 1960's, we don't have fewer victims of discrimination today, we've only changed their demographics.

This is nothing but a civil rights fraud by institutions and racial extortion rackets that shows contempt for individuals.

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davehougMar. 2, 10 7:22 AM

These people are working on their American Dream that education pays off. A route for those who have been left behind, gives hope that their future is in work, not criminal acts.

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mymymyMar. 2, 10 8:36 AM

don't hire the right person, hire the person of color no matter what. what a bunch of crap.

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asdfjklsemMar. 2, 10 8:40 AM

A person's ancestry or the color of their skin should have no bearing whatsoever on whether they are hired for a job. It should be based on how well they can do the job. Discrimination is discrimination.

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Redstar123Mar. 2, 10 9:46 AM

They didn't work hard enough to keep up. Making excuses for lack of achievement accomplishes nothing.

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zubairMar. 2, 1010:19 AM

"don't hire the right person, hire the person of color no matter what. what a bunch of crap" Unfortunately, there are people out there who will always believe that people of color are hired just because of their skin color, not education or experience.The majority of them are folks who failed in life and want to blame someone else for their own failures. Giving people of color their fair share of jobs is not unfair hiring practice. They earned it through hard work. Before you blame them, ask for their credentials.

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zamsphereMar. 2, 1010:25 AM

Sounds kind of racist..."minority-hiring surge".

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raymond5737Mar. 2, 1011:16 AM

As Boomers begin to retire and the birthrate continues to decline for white middle class Americans, we will become more dependent on Latino, African American, Hmong, Somali and minorities from every ethnic background, age group and physical ability to step up and become educated and skilled at some profession or vocation. Our U.S. economy depends on it already. The standard of living that we have come to expect will not be possible without the support of these underprivileged and undeserved Americans. Wake up people...Get on the bandwagon and support these types of programs!

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kingchrosMar. 2, 10 1:48 PM

A minority hiring surge does not equal less qualified black people being hired before well-qualified whites. It means that minorities who previously did not have the know-how or skills to obtain those jobs are learning how to get them.

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