Bill Bratton used to be New York City's Police Commissioner. Before that he was the best police commissioner that Boston ever had, and after that he became the best police commissioner that Los Angeles has ever had.
It's time all of us engage in a long-term conversation on the elephant in the room -- race. And as the Trayvon Martin case tragically proves, the topic cannot be discussed without dedicating an equal amount of time towards a serious look at our justice system.
New York has the least diverse fire department of any major U.S. city, and what we learned in a recent court hearing is that blacks and Hispanics who don't take the FDNY test on the assumption that the system is gamed for white guys are absolutely right.