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Caucus Demands More Blacks In Cabinet

From The Hill:

Black lawmakers irked by Obama’s diverse Cabinet

By Jared Allen
Posted: 12/22/08

Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are disappointed President-elect Obama did not appoint more African-Americans to his Cabinet.

Obama tapped four blacks for Cabinet posts, including Eric Holder. If confirmed, Holder will be the first African-American attorney general.

But Obama passed over black candidates in selecting Cabinet nominees for positions central to setting policy for urban America, such as the departments of Education, Labor, and Housing and Urban Development.

Hispanic Americans, by contrast, have been nominated for three Cabinet positions, and politicians from that constituency have hailed Obama’s nominations.

“Did the African-American community probably expect more appointees at that level? Probably so,” said Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), an early Obama supporter who has expressed an interest in filling Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

Davis said he was pleased with Obama’s Cabinet, but confirmed that there is some angst within the CBC.

“On balance, I’d say a great deal of thought went into the shaping of this Cabinet,” Davis told The Hill. “And he ended up with a real rainbow. But some people, sure, thought there should be a bit more color in it.”

Another senior member of the CBC who requested anonymity said more pointedly that Obama “isn’t doing enough for the black folks.”

Obama’s Cabinet, if confirmed, will include 11 whites, four blacks, three Hispanics and two Asian Americans

Obama’s final Cabinet announcements last week raised frustrations within the CBC that Obama is taking his strongest supporters for granted, an aide to a prominent black lawmaker said…

“The Cabinet appointments definitely got people’s attention,” the aide said.

No one is doubting the qualifications of Obama’s choices, the aide said. But some blacks in Congress expected two things that Obama didn’t deliver: a better consultation and communication process and, at the end of the day, more blacks in the Cabinet.

The 100% black Congressional Black Congress is demanding more diversity?

These people are irony proof.

Needless to say, the CBC care not a jot about the qualifications of the cabinet members.

It’s all about tokenism.

Wouldn’t Martin Lurther King be proud?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 22nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

32 Responses to “Caucus Demands More Blacks In Cabinet”

  1. Kilmeny says:

    Obama’s Cabinet looks pretty diverse to me, at least in terms of race. Which means, of course, that the CBC is not interested in diversity, but totality.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Did they run out of Rangels to clone? Hows about trolling the prison system to find an appropriate candidate to fill the ranks of their beloved CBC. Lets forgo the persons credentials
    ands if they are WORTHY of office. NOPE…..if youse is black….youse fits da bill!!

  3. VMAN says:

    What do you say about a group of people that couldn’t produce a rational thought among themselves.

  4. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Always a grievance. Some people will never be satisfied no matter how hard you try.

  5. proreason says:

    The only positive thing you can say about this is that the Black Caucus is no more stupid than the rest of the people in Washington.

    As far as I’m concerned, they can move Pelosi, Reid, Franks and the other white idiots out and move the Black Caucus in. It can’t possibly get any worse than it is now.

    But in the spirit of full disclusure, I would prefer being governed by my nephew’s 8th grade class than by anybody in Washington.

  6. curvyred says:

    I think the Black Congressional Caucus should be discontinued. Now that one of their own won the highest office in the land they are irrelevant.

    And I also remember how they did not allow a white congressman to join – even though he represented a majority black district.

    Seperatism is wrong no matter who the recepient is. I call it what it is, even if it isn’t politically correct.

    Example from the article:
    “Another senior member of the CBC who requested anonymity said more pointedly that Obama “isn’t doing enough for the black folks.” …

    Excuse me? I thought the President was there for ALL PEOPLE!

  7. JohnMG says:

    This passle of fools spent the entire presidential campaign bloviating about how McCain was GWB’s third term. Perhaps if they wanted more blacks and minorities in the cabinet, they should have voted for McCain. So far, Bush has appointed more minorities than any other President to date.

    Maybe Obama is concerned one of his “black” appointees would do a ‘Colin Powell’ on him, ya think?

  8. gipper says:

    Let’s see…

    11 whites out of 20 cabinet members is 55%
    2000 Census whites made up 75% of the population

    Four blacks out of 20 cabinet members is 20%
    2000 Census blacks made up 12% percent of the population

    Three Hispanics out 20 cabinet members is 15%
    2000 Census Hispanics made up 13% of the population

    Two Asians of 20 cabinet members is 10%
    2000 Census Asians made up 4% of the population

    Wow, seems like whites are being underrepresented and blacks and Asians are being overrepresented.

    • proreason says:

      You white guys and your stinking numbers. You know where you can shove em.

      The black caucus “feels” like their race is under-represented. They deserve more cabinet positions. They have suffered for longer then you can imagine. The injustice must be repaired.

      And don’t foget, African Americans voted 97% for Obamy, and all 97% made a fair and objective decision about his fitness to lead.

      Now for your whitebread numbers. 53% of the country voted for Obamy. African Americans are 14% of the country, but since 97% voted for him, they are about 27% percent of his constituency. So anybody but a white fool can see that they should have 27% of the cabinet positions.

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    If I eat the middle of a Oreo cookie can I sell the 2 black cookies to a friend without being called a pimp?

  10. 1republicanscientist says:

    kind of like charles barkley complaining about the lack of black head coaches in college football when the nba has >90%black players.

  11. MCHammer says:

    A great man once said:
    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

    Do you know who said that? Because apparently the Congressional Black Caucus does not…

  12. cjokry says:

    It’s just generally low-class for the Congressional Black Caucus to come forward with such a sense of entitlement. I know they sell a lot of that entitlement mentality to their constituents, but they shouldn’t be getting high on their own supply.

  13. GuppyNblue says:

    Who is more obsessed with race than African American politicians? Seriously, you can’t question anything they do without being branded with the scarlet R on your reputation. Why isn’t all that sappy 60’s sh*t about judging, hiring, and electing based on merit and not race being instilled in our young like it was in my day? Maybe because we’ve passed the equilibrium and the balance of power (at least politically) now leans toward the other side. Are we now back to might makes right?

    I really believe it was possible for whites and blacks to live together peacefully. But racial differences are obvious to anyone, even to an intellectual moron. It’s too easy to exploit and, IMO, blacks are being exploited once again by the left with the intention of divide and conquer. I’d rather we just separate than accommodate them. The Black Caucus are a bunch of useful idiots.

  14. Zeusshiloh says:

    MLK gave an excellent speech, about being judged not by the color of your skin, but by the character of your heart. It is a shame that the CBC still lives in the dark ages.

    Of course, in a different time, with a different people, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

  15. wardmama4 says:

    Have you heard the Chicago Sun Times (I think) ad for their historic dvd – all this pc drivel about ‘overcoming’ and ‘achieving’ with ‘Yes, We Can’ quietly in the background until she says Yes We Did.

    Combined with the above story – I think The One’s ™ election just set back race relations – oh say – 143 years.

    How historic is that?!?

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      I’ve been saying the same thing. What happens when it is undeniable that Obama is a huge failure? Do you think that the black community will accept this, just like they did O.J.. Or God forbid he is attacked. What happens when you start seeing bumper stickers that say “You voted for the N*#$%$?” Americans are not ready for this. Mostly because of black ideology. “Rev” Wright as been quoted many times on this site about his views on “us” and “them” mentality, but it is obvious what group of people are the supremacists. 97% of blacks vote black. Of course 90% would have voted democrat anyway, but only because the Dems promise blacks handouts. You want people to be equal, NAACP, affirmative action, Black Caucus, etc are all going to have to go away. You can’t have separate and equal. Treat everyone the same. Everybody has to work for what they get, no handouts, no entitlement.

  16. heather08 says:

    I agree it’s wrong to expect tokenism at the Cabinet level, but the CBC does have a point in some respects. Bush had a more diverse Cabinet than Obama does so far. Obama’s white half is showing a lot in his appointments–and his advisers and transition team members, not to mention donors. The truth is that Obama doesn’t need to do anything for black voters because the black voters always vote Democrat.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      What does Bill Clinton have to say about this? I mean….he WAS the 1st black President.
      Maybe Bill can confer with Barrys’ black side!! Then we will be able to see the WHOLE picture.(in Black & White, of course)

  17. JohnMG says:

    I posted essentially the same thing earlier, but hadn’t considered your point about not needing to pay anything back for the black support. The way he treats his African relatives should have been clue enough, though.

  18. Odie44 says:

    I am sure many black Americans in primarily urban black areas are still wainting patiently for their CBC elected officials to start doing something for these areas.

    Rangel’s district includes Harlem – where a revitalization started in the 1990’s… until they saw too many “non black faces” opening up stores, buying properties, renovations, etc. Knee jerk racism – and the revitalization is dead, except for the lucky who were able to sell remade properties to black investment groups, where alas – many have fallen back into squaller. Sort of like Obama’s own Chicago housing/urban revitalization, education, blah blah “accomplishments”

    10,000 years of human history have led me to conclude a few things:
    Blacks want autonomy from whites, even if it canabilizes their own
    The ability to inovate, lead and flourish is not in their DNA
    The majority of the world’s blacks run around in a loin cloth hoping to find water, while still dying en masse due to genocide or 500 year old diseases

    Racism? Nope, just reality.

    The victim mentality is both taught and expected from one generation of blacks to another. Its pathetic “whitey is always to blame” tripe will always occur, with little or no results. Ultimatley, the CBC, blacks in the world and America are hoping for the impossible. Blacks are not born leaders nor have they produced any significant results in the past 10,000 years.

    They are not capable of it. 10,000 years of history tells me so.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      You mean to tell me Edi Amin didn’t like his people?
      He loved his people ….well done with a salad and baked potato!!

  19. DEZ says:

    This is the mentality of bigots, they hate simply because of skin color.
    The black caucus in its own name screams racism.
    In fact, its also a disgusting habit.
    Miss black America.
    Black history month.
    Black awareness, and on and on.
    How small do you have to feel about your own self worth, to actually advertise it so blatantly?

  20. sheehanjihad says:

    Exactly what DEZ said!!!! Well put, my friend…..and it echoes the sentiment of a lot of the population of this country too.

    • DEZ says:

      Thanks SJ.
      I often wonder if idiots such as the members of the black caucus wander around in hospitals when they are in dire need of medical care asking,

      ” Wheres a black doctor, I want a black doctor”
      None available sir.
      “Racists, You keeping da black man down.”

      Do they choose leaders, doctors, engineers, etc. simply on race?
      The simple answer is, they just elected a man to the highest office in the land, under just that standard.

    • GuppyNblue says:

      I think you’re forgetting Obama’s “symbolic” gesture of reaching out to a white conservative in Pastor Warren. That will probably give him credibility for years to come.
      Personally, I wish he had chosen to go hunting with Dick Cheney as a gesture instead.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “Do they choose leaders, doctors, engineers, ect. simply on race?”
      Uh……..THEY DO!! If they want to see a REAL racist they only need to look in the mirror; anywhere!!

  21. DEZ says:

    “These people are irony proof.”

    Just wait till I unveil the Miss White America pageant.
    That should send em over the edge, *slinks away quietly*

  22. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    William “Cold Cash” Jefferson D-La is now available for a cabinet post. Maybe as Special Prosecutor for the Blagovich Senate Seat Sale Scandal. LMAO Think the CBC would go for THAT one?!

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