Obama: Whites need not apply

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 08/20/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )





The White House issued an executive order on Thursday titled “Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce.” The purpose of the order is “to promote the federal workplace as a model of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion.” In other words, it would be better for the government if public-spirited white workers sought employment elsewhere. Lost amid all the politically correct box-checking is the principle that the most qualified person should be hired for a job.

President Obama’s new order instructs federal agencies to design new strategies for hiring, promoting and keeping workers of “diverse” backgrounds. The diversity the government is seeking is not diversity of ideas, outlooks or work experiences. In contemporary political parlance, “diversity” refers primarily to the color of one’s skin and not the content of one’s character. The executive order says the federal government “must create a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness to enable individuals to participate to their full potential.” In the name of “fairness,” however, the government will intensify programs that discriminate against white Americans by extending special privileges to everyone else. The order also says that “attaining a diverse, qualified workforce is one of the cornerstones of the merit-based civil service,” though merit and ability are not the metrics of choice when measuring success in diversity-driven career programs.

The order states that by law, the federal government’s recruitment policies should “endeavor to achieve a workforce from all segments of society” and that “as the nation’s largest employer, the federal government has a special obligation to lead by example.” In that respect, the government could largely declare mission accomplished. A quick look at the demographic breakdown of the federal payroll shows that “diversity” goals have been more than met. According to the Office of Personnel Management, federal employees in fiscal 2010 were 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian and Pacific Islander and 1.8 percent American Indian. Compared to the general U.S. population, the federal force is a bit too diverse. Blacks are overrepresented by 6.9 percent compared to the civilian work force, Asians and Pacific Islanders by 1.2 percent, and American Indians are more than double their proportion of the population at large. White Americans, who make up about 70 percent of the work force, are underrepresented by around 4 percent. Hispanics are also underrepresented despite the Clinton-era executive order 13171, “Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government.”

During the 2008 presidential campaign and in the initial months of the Obama presidency, there was great enthusiasm for the concept of post-racial America. Mr. Obama’s historic election was viewed as a watershed for the issue of race relations. People thought that finally a national dialogue could be commenced on the issue free of guilt and recriminations. This promise stumbled with the July 2009 Rose Garden “beer summit” between Mr. Obama, black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and white Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley, who had arrested Mr. Gates for disorderly conduct. At the time, Mr. Obama called it a “teachable moment,” but that White House photo-op was the last anyone heard about the national dialogue on race. Mr. Obama has squandered his chance to lead America away from the divisive racial politics of the past. This executive order tells America that in the Obama administration, race-based preferences are still business as usual.


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Yeah, this isn't anything new. Back in 2002 when I started my first job for my local town government HALF of all jobs were BY LAW only to be given to minorities. Yup, half of all job postings (and they even hired someone specifically to keep track...) had to be filled by a minority race person. It was ridiculous...

BUT, I can see where it came from in my community. I grew up in a very small community where the "goodl 'ole boy" system was thriving (heck, I got my job because my boss knew my dad!). There came a point where not one worker in the local government (managers, office people, etc.) was NOT white. There were no minorities, so the town board (all white) made the hiring law. Now pretty much all the labor jobs are held by minorities and all the office jobs are held by white people... Not sure that was the intention, but it's what happened...


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~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/20/2011




I am not sure I get it. Am I missing something? Isn't this what "equal opportunity employment" is all about?

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/20/2011




I also thought we had programs like this?? and I would not call this fair

Carolee - posted on 08/20/2011




IMO, they need to do away with the little "which race are you" boxes on all but medical forms.

Jurnee - posted on 08/20/2011




I was under the impresion that we already had programs like this in place, is this an additional program? It doesnt seem fair, especially given the unemployment our country is facing right now.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 08/20/2011




Yep. Given by our own president. Tell me this won't cause more racial problems now!

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