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Black Firefighters and the FDNYThe Struggle for Jobs, Justice, and Equity in New York City$
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David Goldberg

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633626

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633626.001.0001

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The Last Bastion of White Male Privilege

The Last Bastion of White Male Privilege

Race, Gender, and the FDNY, 1977–1999

(p.243) Seven The Last Bastion of White Male Privilege
Black Firefighters and the FDNY

David Goldberg

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter looks at the Black experience in the FDNY during the last quarter of the 20th Century. During this period, the City, fire department, and the fire unions all vigorously resisted efforts by the Vulcan Society and the United Women Firefighters to address structural and institutional racism and sexism. Black representation, after growing slightly and then stalling in the mid 1980s, receded slowly and steadily as the century closed.

Keywords:   Public sector employment in New York (1970s-1990s), Racial Retrenchment, Gender Discrimination and public employment, Racial Discrimination and public employment, Vulcan Society, United Women Firefighters (UWF), White identity politics, 9/11, Rudy Giuliani and racial politics, Structural racism

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