According to Politico, at least 21 black staff members left the White House in the past year. The situation is so bad that some aides are calling it a “Blaxit.” Reports indicate that they are dissatisfied with the work environment and lack of support from their superiors.
Biden and Kamala’s ‘Blaxit’: 21 black aides LEFT the WH since December https://t.co/imGHErhGyc
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Biden made it clear that he supports gender equality and race in his career. Biden openly stated that he would choose a female running partner when he chose now-Vice president Kamala Harris. However, a narrower selection was made by promising to only consider African-American women for his Supreme Court nomination. He chose now Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Joe’s emphasis on diversity is exactly why this “Blaxit” is so bad. Here is the report:
Three Black staff members currently working at the White House, who were not allowed to speak out of fear of reprisal, said that mentorship was difficult to find and opportunities for advancement in a tight-knit organization are very rare.
The White House quickly replied, of course, that turnover is normal and that they have one of the largest staffs ever. Erica Loewe is the White House director for African American media Erica Loewe stated that:
Politico ignored their off-the-record feelings and focused instead on Black staff who had left at a normal rate for general turnover. Then, they deliberately kept their views on their stories hidden.
The administration also provided 10 statements from former and current employees. Some described a “great atmosphere” while others stated that they left because of a lack of jobs or better relationships with their families.
We do a lot of work while we are here. We are not decision-makers. There is no way to become decision-makers.
The list of departures is long: 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 2021, President Joe Biden pledged to create an American administration. According to the White House, he has met this goal and approximately 14 percent of his staff are black. This is consistent with national proportions.
Joe might have hired many black employees but no one seems to be interested in checking on them. This is the second instance of the administration failing to notice the trend.