Why is race so important?

In 2013 why is what color a person is still focused on to the degree with which it is?

(CNN) — 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.”

Why is it important for appointees to be people of color, shouldn’t a President appoint the most capable people to his cabinet — not that he’s done that either?

Comments

  1. While colour doesnt matter, she should of raised the point of diversity in general within the government. I dont know the make up of the US Congress, cabinet and country, but shouldnt it reflect the population and raise the point of who is actually governing the country.

    For example in the UK 34% of MPs are privately educated (compared to 7% of the population), 5% of MPs are non white (compared to about 10% of the population) , 22% are female, 15% of MPs come from a background in finance & 15% from a law background.

  2. “Speak to the specific needs” is an interesting concept. To what specific needs are they referring, exactly? Do not black men and women have the exact same needs that white people do?

    I understand that unemployment is higher among blacks, for example. But, they don’t seem to care that much about that. Otherwise, they’d have come up with a solution that doesn’t entail keeping poor people on welfare for the forseeable future.

    Notice please that I said “poor people”, not “black people”. I think they honestly think that this is a good thing for all poor people. But, when poverty affects more of one than another, keeping them all barely fed and conditioned not to work hardly helps those most affected. But, I digress.

    The point is that the continued view of a problem as being a “race specific” one will always lead to more of the problem as long as the problem is somehow seen to be attributable to the mere quality of being a member of that race.

    There is a point at which people see themselves as “black”, “white”, whatever. Assigning a problem as one specific to one’s race begins to seem insurmountable. For, how can one overcome one’s race?

    The answer is to offer PEOPLE a road map. Do these things, and you’ll be successful. Why is it so hard to ask that everyone try?

    Success knows no color. Don’t take my word for it. Ask any black doctor, lawyer, plumber, business owner, or senator, “How did you get to where you are?”.

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