Congressional Black Caucus Upset with Obama Over Mostly White Cabinet Picks

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Congressional Black Caucus Upset with Obama Over Mostly White Cabinet Picks, Rep. Fudge pens letter to Obama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Congressional Black Caucus is ‘disappointed’ with President Obama over his mostly white Cabinet picks. Wouldn’t it be racist to go all black or nominate a black Cabinet member just because the Congressional Black Caucus is ‘disappointed’ with his picks thus far?

 Rep. Marcia Fudge, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, expressed concern in a letter to President Barack Obama over the lack of African Americans among his new Cabinet picks.

“Congressional Black Caucus offices have had numerous phone calls from constituents questioning why none of the new appointees will be able to speak to the unique needs of African Americans,” Fudge, D-Ohio, wrote. “Their ire is compounded by the overwhelming support you’ve received from the African American community.”

The president faced criticism at the beginning of the year when he picked white males for some of the highest spots in the administration, including secretary of state, treasury secretary, defense secretary and chief of staff (the latter of which has the status of Cabinet-rank).

White House staff, however, said Obama was not finished with his cabinet picks. Source

From the faux outrage, you would think President Obama hasn’t had any African Americans in his inner circle. How about Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk? Both men were nominated in President Obama’s first term. Can we say Susan Rice?

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.
  • Avi Marranazo

    He didn’t see the memo that candidates were to be “judged by the color of their skin instead of the content of their character”.