During President Joe Biden’s first months after taking office, the new Chief Executive Officer insisted that he was going to have the most diverse administration in United States History.
The most qualified applicants, unless they also check off multiple boxes on the intersectionality map, might get passed over for less-qualified men and women, who could.
The Merriam Webster website defines intersectionality as:
“The complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersectionality, especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups”
As with many other poorly made decisions by the unqualified Biden White House, the conditions in the administration have led 21 black White House aides to depart since late last year, an exodus some have dubbed “Blaxit,” according to a new report.
Some have left on good terms to pursue additional careers or educational opportunities, while others have attributed the turnover to a lack of structured mentorship and opportunity for advancement, Politico reported Tuesday, citing nine black current and former White House officials.
“We’re here and we’re doing a lot of work but we’re not decision-makers and there’s no real path towards becoming decision-makers,” one current staffer told the outlet. “There is no real feedback and there’s no clear path to any kind of promotions.”
So why is this happening?
Several Black Biden White House staffers have expressed frustration that the administration hasn't done more to retain and promote Black staffers.
Not surprising from a man who called Obama "bright and clean" when he was running for President.
— Dr. Willie J. Montague (@RepMontague) May 31, 2022
“They brought in a ton of black people generally to start without ever establishing an infrastructure to retain them or help them be successful,” another current official said. “If there is no clear infrastructure of how to be successful, you become just as invisible in this space than you would be if you were not in it,” Political added.
SCOOP: At least 21 Black staffers have left the White House since late last year or are planning to leave soon, with some calling it "Blaxit." Staffers who remain describe a work culture with little support from superiors and fewer chances for promotion. https://t.co/2sibnFwlr4
— Daniel Lippman (@dlippman) May 31, 2022
The first big exit came in December, when Kamala Harris’ senior adviser and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders announced she was leaving, ultimately for a gig at MSNBC. Since then, Harris senior aides Tina Flournoy, Ashley Etienne and Vincent Evans, and public engagement head Cedric Richmond have left.
Public engagement aide Carissa Smith, gender policy aide Kalisha Dessources Figures, National Security Council senior director Linda Etim, digital engagement director Cameron Trimble, associate counsel Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo, chief of staff Ron Klain advisers Elizabeth Wilkins and Niyat Mulugheta, press assistant Natalie Austin, National Economic Council aides Joelle Gamble and Connor Maxwell, and presidential personnel aides Danielle Okai, Reggie Greer and Rayshawn Dyson have all departed too. Deputy White House counsel Danielle Conley and Council of Economic Advisers aide Saharra Griffin are among others planning to leave in the coming weeks, according to White House officials.
In all fairness to the administration, the salary for the White House aid position is only $40,000, which in progressive metro areas doesn’t go very far.
This group of talented college grads probably had other opportunities to pursue, and 21 of them took them.
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