It looks like Phoenix is taking Affirmative Action so far that they are willing to hire lifeguards that do not even know how to swim so long as they are minorities.
In an effort to diversify its ranks, the Phoenix aquatics department has spent over $15,000 in the past two years training and certifying minority lifeguards.
The city’s Melissa Boyle tells students she’s not even looking for strong swimmers to enter the program, as long as they aren’t white.
“We will work with you in your swimming abilities,” she said, according to NPR. “The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white, and we don’t like that. The kids don’t relate; there’s language issues.”
“Do you speak Spanish?” she asked a Latina student next to her. “We need more lifeguards who can speak Spanish.”