EDITORIAL: Blacks and Latinos Need Not Apply

President Donald Trump meets with the Republican Study Committee on March 17.

President Donald Trump reportedly never realized that being elected U.S. President also meant that he would have to hire his own people. One would have assumed that based upon the way Trump dogged former President Barrack Obama over the way he was running the country that he knew the former president was not making all of the decisions by himself. Clearly, he must have known that the former administration was made up of a diverse group of men and women who helped the president run the day-to-day operations of the federal government and were thereby helping to fulfill the executive mandates approved by the Congress and funded by the American people. Who did Trump think performed all of that work and why didn’t he know he’d have to find others just like them?

Finally, now that Trump is carefully selecting appointees to fill these positions, 10 times out of 10, the candidates are all white and mostly male. His appointees verify what many American’s gathered was the underlying meaning of his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again!” The America President Trump is designing through his administration is clearly one where Black and Brown people need not apply. But for the seldom seen or heard Omarosa Manigault Newman (she recently married), who serves as Trump’s Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison and Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, no other African-Americans have been appointed by Trump.

In a recent article published in The Guardian, a Republican aide, attempting to explain the mostly white male group gathered behind Trump for photo ops, said, “We have no interest in playing the games of identity politics, that’s not what this is about; it’s about getting a job done.” And, “To reduce this to gender, race or geography misses the more important point of the diverse segments … the group represents on policy.”

We agree with the position espoused in The Guardian that the suggestion that diversity of opinions is equivalent to diversity is a slap in the face to those who fought intensely for equal opportunities for all regardless of race and gender and a list of other categories. Trump’s appointments represent a violation of the law and he should be held accountable for what is clearly a policy of discrimination in his administration.

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