What would past or present racial dissonance have to do with this specific case ? It's not difficult to understand: caucasian testers scored higher, yet due to the failure of African-Americans testers to reciprocate such results, the former were penalised and therefore deprived of a well-deserved promotion.
As good as face value normally is, it's not always the truth behind a matter. I completely agree with you and see it the same way as you do, I do however leave open the possibility that this is not racism.
"The city of New Haven scrapped the test results for fear of a would-be Title VII disparate impact lawsuit brought by minority firefighters."
This tells me exactly that, that it's more of a fear of being sued than it is about trying to discriminate the white firefighters for being white. If anything all this proves is that legislation is at best incomplete, which caused this action from the city, which in turn lead to the judge upholding that an employer has the right to chose who he wants to promote.
I don't think the editor had an opinion. The bias is all yours. Why would you only refer to scores that represent only 40% of the total and are irrelevant in the final marks of each contestant.
You might just as well have said ''just by simply scanning the written marks I see a vast mark distribution between the whites and non-whites.''
He even states that this is his opinion.
I don't care how much the oral tests count, I was just stating that the editor insinuated that although minorities had help in having a lenient oral test they did not score within the top ten.