Buried way down in Dicker’s piece, starting at the 19th paragraph, we learn:
“During the first five months of this year, with the Senate under the control of its first African-American majority leader, [State Senator Malcolm] Smith, top Democrats bemoaned the lack of minority Senate staffers.
But instead of trying to recruit new hires, they fired nearly 200 almost exclusively white workers and replaced them with a large number of minority employees, many of whom were seen by their fellow workers to be unskilled at their new jobs.“
This kind of thing can go on for 5 months without drawing national attention? I know that if 200 black workers were fired because a State Majority Leader didn’t like having so many of them around we’d have heard about it in days and we’d still be hearing about it these 5 months later. I have no real reason to doubt the reporter’s story, I guess, but I’d love some corroboration of this before we go nuclear.