Just last week this photo of the Obama campaign Chicago headquarters caused a stir due to the lack of diversity (whiteness) of his team. The picture:
had black Democrats buzzing about diversity — or lack of it. The picture, saturated with white faces, was reposted on the news site Buzzfeed and made the rounds of other well-trafficked sites, including The Drudge Report. It was a piece in the Washington Free Beacon about the picture and its suggestion of a lack of diversity in the campaign office that earned the Drudge link.
And now, right on cue, there is a story in Politico today titled “Obama camp tries to diversify”:
President Barack Obama’s team is looking to hire more African-Americans, a search that has stirred a debate among black Democrats about Obama’s record on diversity and its implications for his reelection.
I’m sure that everyone will be impressed that Team Obama waited three years before looking to diversify. I’m sure that no one will see this as purely political. No big deal though, right? The unemployment rate among African-Americans hasn’t been so bad over the past three years or anything.
In June 2011:
While unemployment among the general population is about 9.1 percent, it’s at 16.2 percent African Americans, and a bit higher still for African American males.
CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports that, historically, the unemployment rate for African Americans has always been higher than the national average. However, now it’s at Depression-era levels. The most recent figures show African American joblessness at 16.2 percent. For black males, it’s at 17.5 percent; And for black teens, it’s nearly 41 percent.
In February 2012:
The African-American unemployment rate was 14.1 percent, up from 13.6 percent in January. The overall unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent.
Yep, everything has been just fine. No need for Obama to have looked to hire more African-Americans in the three years that he’s been in office.
Waiting until just before his bid for reelection was a much better idea, I guess.