H/T True News USA
What I’m about to say in this post, I’ve said a number of times elsewhere, but for some bizarre reason, I’ve never said it here.
Let’s set the words to some music:
Felons may catch a break with Emanuel’s ‘ban the box’ proposal
As a teen, Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) went to prison for robbing a savings and loan.
He eventually got a pardon and became the first felon elected to the City Council. It made him sensitive to the struggles of ex-offenders seeking jobs after prison.
That’s why he’s backing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed “ban the box” ordinance that would bar companies with fewer than 15 employees from asking about criminal histories on job applications.
A company could conduct a background check only when a candidate is deemed qualified for a job. The ordinance would mirror a state law for businesses with 15 or more employees.
“This is a common sense move that will ensure consistent rules for businesses of all sizes and ensure people who have left prison and are trying to turn their life around can be evaluated on their abilities,” Burnett said.
There are lots of heavily black cities (there’s your first clue, Sherlock) that have adopted or are seriously considering adopting “ban the box.”
The whole thing is based on this fallacious notion that there are lots and lots of people qualified to do jobs except they happen to have felony convictions, so the supposed idea is that if the initial job application doesn’t ask about felony convictions, this means that the applications of felons won’t be immediately thrown into the trash. Then HR/Personnel will call the felon in for a job interview, he will dazzle the interview staff over with his skills, knowledge and prowess, and get hired.
(Insert laugh tracks here)
I happen to think that most of the proponents of “ban the box” know that this is bullshit, and they know that BTB laws, if they come to pass, will not result in many ex-felons finding jobs. If for anything else, all it will do is increase the number of applications per open position, and open positions aren’t easy to come by.
And that’s the point.
Once we get to that point, then the other side will unveil the logical end game to this, “ban the box” being a run-up to what has been their real agenda all along: Mandated affirmative action or quotas for businesses to hire ex-felons. Their rhetoric will go like this: “We banned the box but this didn’t result in lots of felons getting jobs, so there must still be some sort of quiet or secret or subconscious discrimination going on, so the only way we can alleviate it is government affirmative action mandates.”
To review: “Ban the box” is skid-greasing for affirmative action for felons.
Question: Would this ordinance apply to firearms retailers? I’d ask it to people like Rahm Emanuel and Walter Burnett just to watch their brains blue screen.