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Diversity

WARNING: Off-topic political post.

President Bush officially nominated Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State.  Rice, an African-American woman, will potentially succeed Colin Powell, another African-American. Most Presidents relegate blacks to governmental positions where a dark face is seen as beneficial, e.g., the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights is usually black.  Assuming a black person belongs in "civil rights" is itself racist.  But Bush has placed or is attempting to place two blacks as Secretary of State; and he nominated a Hispanic for Attorney General (after having a Hispanic serve as White House Counsel).

Democrats blocked two of Bush's nominees for Courts of Appeal appointments - Miguel Estrada and Janice Brown, a Hispanic male and African-America female. Why can't Bush get credit for his efforts and successes?  His efforts at truly diversifying the highest levels of government are going unnoticed.

It's especially appalling that Bush is not getting credit for his diversification efforts in light of former President Clinton's failing to nominate Charles L. Becton (a trial lawyer, judge, scholar, and gentleman) to the federal judiciary.  Jesse Helmes would not allow Mr. Becton, a highly qualified African American from North Carolina, to be nominated.  Clinton backed down.  He put politics above racial justice.

Although I'm no Bush loyalist, I do love diversity.  And I am sick of hearing people talk about diversity without mentioning President Bush.  He has spoken to America: Minorities belong in the highest levels of government, and unlike the Democrats, he will not merely place them in token positions.

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