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Sun Nov 15, 2020, 02:59 PM

People of color make up nearly half of Biden transition team

Source: CNN

As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office in January, nearly half of the transition team laying the groundwork for his administration is made up of people of color, and women are in the majority.

Forty-six percent of the transition staff are people of color, according to new diversity data of the transition team provided to CNN, and 41% of the senior staff are people of color. The majority of transition staff -- 52% -- are women, and 53% of the senior staff are women.

The new diversity figures come as Biden is set to announce his Cabinet picks and senior staff for the White House in the coming weeks -- one of the first tests of his campaign pledge to build an administration that will "look like America."

Biden's first major step toward diversity in his administration came when he selected Kamala Harris, a Black and South Asian woman, as his vice president. In his first staffing announcement, Biden chose a White man and longtime adviser -- Ron Klain -- as his chief of staff for the White House.





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Reply People of color make up nearly half of Biden transition team (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 15 OP
UncleTomsEvilBrother Nov 15 #1
onetexan Nov 15 #2
Politicub Nov 15 #3
UncleTomsEvilBrother Nov 15 #6
Politicub Nov 15 #7
UncleTomsEvilBrother Nov 15 #8
Politicub Nov 16 #13
UncleTomsEvilBrother Nov 16 #15
DallasNE Nov 15 #9
hamsterjill Nov 15 #4
IronLionZion Nov 15 #11
UncleTomsEvilBrother Nov 15 #5
DallasNE Nov 15 #10
IronLionZion Nov 15 #12
Blue Owl Nov 16 #14
Aussie105 Nov 16 #16

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 03:09 PM

1. I can't bite my tongue...

...any longer (and this is in no way a reflection on the person who posted this).

I'll be soooo glad when we retire the term "People of Color". That term which basically means "non-white," erases the struggles, history, and triumphs of races of people.

An American woman of South Asian descent
An American man who is Navajo
A woman who is an African American who is from South Central LA

would probably, individually, have more in common with a white American than they do with each other. The term "People of Color" is lazy and an excuse for discrimination.

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 03:19 PM

2. I'm a woman of color & i say it proudly

To me its not a derogatory term. Anyone not white is a person of color. So was Jesus, something many white Christians conveniently forget.

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 03:43 PM

3. I disagree - there is power in numbers

POC isn’t intended to replace “struggles, history and triumphs” of people. If anything, it prompts learning more about the people.

The term recognizes the intersectionality and power across a vast number of citizens.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 04:35 PM

6. You're not understanding me,

...then.

"The intention of the name "Washington Redskins" is not intended to offend indigenous people. It' meant to honor them and show the prowess they displayed on the field of battle."


You sound just like these people. Also, "intersectionality" does not erase the culture of the "intersected" group.

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 05:42 PM

7. You're comparing a racial slur to people using POC

Who said anything about erasing culture?

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Response to Politicub (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 06:13 PM

8. If you call me

something I don't want to be called, yea, it's a slur of some kind. I guess you can use your own semantical license as to whether it's racial or not.

I am the one who mentioned erasing culture.

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 12:03 AM

13. The vernacular of social justice

POC, anti-racism, intersectionality, etc. are words we used to discuss social justice. We cannot root out systemic racism without a way to talk about it.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 06:16 AM

15. I cannot even...

...disagree with you because you are making excellent points. However, I wish you would also see how the accepted vernacular itself needs to be examined when the understanding of the culturally marginalized respond to it.

When it comes to racism, all "People of Color" do not have the same experience. When it comes to poverty, housing discrimination, and other social issues, the word "People of Color" becomes the tool of lazy cultural critics when they don't want to take the time to acknowledge the nuances of cultural plights and contributions.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 06:32 PM

9. Some People Don't Know What Criteria To Apply

In order to measure whether something is racist or not. The criteria is simple. Does the term apply to other races equally. For instance, is there any group that is called the Whiteskins. Since that answer is "no" it means that Redskins is a racist label, as you correctly stated. See, not so hard.

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 03:59 PM

4. I'll be happy when it no longer matters what ethnicity someone is

I hate labels of all kinds. When we reach to where we are all human, and nothing beyond that is relevant, I’ll be happy.

I realize we aren’t there yet. But we are making steps forward inch by inch.

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 08:42 PM

11. As a brown American I find it inclusive

since it includes people like me. I have faced discrimination from black Americans in my career who feel that I'm a perpetual foreigner despite being born and raised here in the US and am a US citizen.

As an Indian-American, I have faced discrimination from East Asian-Americans who feel that South Asians aren't real Asians either. But by a large margin, I face the most discrimination from immigrants of all types who will always tell me that being born in America doesn't make me American. Only whites can be American. If they're a black immigrant, then only blacks and whites can be American.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 04:32 PM

5. Everyone defending the term...

...knows who to directly go to when it comes to aiming Democratic votes, though. You aren't going to Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee for the "People of Color," vote. We aim for the Black vote.


This thread is a perfect example of trying to cover for erasure issues that Black people have been complaining about for quite some time now.

I don't care if you hear me when I say this or not: This particular election changed a few things in the minds of Black people. While Black people are still more Democratic than others, refusing to even mention Black people when one is actually telling you this is what we prefer to be called (as opposed to "People of Color" won't be tolerated for much longer.

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Response to UncleTomsEvilBrother (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 06:59 PM

10. Hurray

When you look at Ted Cruz do you see a person of color? He is categorized as such. I, too, dislike the use of POC because it brushes so much under the rug. Plus, it is not at all accurate.

And you are obviously right on the contribution in this last election. Yes, Biden needed to carry the Asian and Hispanic vote or he would not have won but they were both clearly junior partners in getting Biden elected because of both their number and the margin they contributed.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 15, 2020, 10:24 PM

12. White Hispanics are categorized separately from nonwhite Hispanics

What's deliberately despicable is how the Trump administration's census categorization puts Middle Eastern and North African people as white. They want to deliberately inflate the white population in the US.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 01:13 AM

14. K&R

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Nov 16, 2020, 06:53 AM

16. Gender, skin color, religious affiliation, sexual leanings . . .

are all secondary to the IMPORTANT stuff - can they work together and undo Trump's mess?

Can they work together and get Americans to fight the virus?
You know, - get them to wear masks, do social distancing, wash hands, stay out of crowded places - the simple but essential stuff?

Can they work together to better the lives of average Americans?

With competent leaders, it doesn't take long for people to stop noticing their skin color or gender - you just notice their competency, their ability to do the job.

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