Obama's Diversity Problem: President Obama's camp tries to diversify

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    Apr 19, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75323.html

    The race to stock up on black talent is a welcome development among Washington’s African-American power elite — and one that critics say is three years late in coming. The cynical take, offered up by black Democratic sources outside Obama’s camp: The president and his aides have focused their attention on hiring more African-Americans because they are worried about black turnout on Election Day.
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    Apr 20, 2012 12:09 AM GMT
    Heh - one of the best parodies:

    'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon, but if I had a campaign staff, they'd look like my white grandmother."
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    Apr 20, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    Of course, if Obama's staff was largely POC, you'd be claiming it was a wing of the New Black Panther Party.
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    Apr 20, 2012 2:01 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidOf course, if Obama's staff was largely POC, you'd be claiming it was a wing of the New Black Panther Party.


    Except it's not and it's almost entirely white. I think the best people should be hired for the job no matter their skin color. I'm sorry you don't feel the same way. This story is only newsworthy because of the hypocrisy of the Administration (on policies they advocate that I don't agree with).
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    Apr 20, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
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    Christian73 saidOf course, if Obama's staff was largely POC, you'd be claiming it was a wing of the New Black Panther Party.


    Except it's not and it's almost entirely white. I think the best people should be hired for the job no matter their skin color. I'm sorry you don't feel the same way. This story is only newsworthy because of the hypocrisy of the Administration (on policies they advocate that I don't agree with).


    Except that isn't. Obama has the most diverse Cabinet and White House staff in history.

    From the same article:

    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREThe White House rejects the idea that opportunities have been scarce for African-Americans inside the White House during the first three-plus years of the administration. After all, the president, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Attorney General Eric Holder, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and legislative affairs chief Rob Nabors are all black. There are at least two minorities in the upper echelon of the campaign: political director Katherine Archuleta and Michael Blake, who is deputy director of Operation Vote, the campaign’s effort to target demographic groups to expand the electorate. And Patrick Gaspard, the executive director at the Democratic National Committee, is black.


    That his campaign staff is largely made up of white 20 somethings is hardly unusual and says more about institutional racism then his campaign. icon_rolleyes.gif