From the Washington Times.
The White House issued an executive order on Thursday titled “Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce.” The purpose of the order is “to promote the federal workplace as a model of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion.” In other words, it would be better for the government if public-spirited white workers sought employment elsewhere. Lost amid all the politically correct box-checking is the principle that the most qualified person should be hired for a job.
President Obama’s new order instructs federal agencies to design new strategies for hiring, promoting and keeping workers of “diverse” backgrounds. The diversity the government is seeking is not diversity of ideas, outlooks or work experiences. In contemporary political parlance, “diversity” refers primarily to the color of one’s skin and not the content of one’s character. The executive order says the federal government “must create a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness to enable individuals to participate to their full potential.” In the name of “fairness,” however, the government will intensify programs that discriminate against white Americans by extending special privileges to everyone else. The order also says that “attaining a diverse, qualified workforce is one of the cornerstones of the merit-based civil service,” though merit and ability are not the metrics of choice when measuring success in diversity-driven career programs.
....During the 2008 presidential campaign and in the initial months of the Obama presidency, there was great enthusiasm for the concept of post-racial America. Mr. Obama’s historic election was viewed as a watershed for the issue of race relations. People thought that finally a national dialogue could be commenced on the issue free of guilt and recriminations. This promise stumbled with the July 2009 Rose Garden “beer summit” between Mr. Obama, black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and white Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley, who had arrested Mr. Gates for disorderly conduct. At the time, Mr. Obama called it a “teachable moment,” but that White House photo-op was the last anyone heard about the national dialogue on race. Mr. Obama has squandered his chance to lead America away from the divisive racial politics of the past. This executive order tells America that in the Obama administration, race-based preferences are still business as usual.
For as good as this editorial was, the Times forgot how divisive race was with the Obama Regime when fellow racist, Attorney General Eric Holder, the same idiot who complained Americans were "a nation of cowards" when it came to race, dropped charges against "New Black Panthers" for voter intimidation because he was concerned about how the focus on the case demeaned his people.
How could anyone also have expected Obama to be a racial uniter when he filled the pews of a racist, Afro-centric "church" in Chicago. Listen also to Obama last year mention who was essential to help in the 2010 election for Democrats. Not once does he mention whites.
I've also heard some stories about the federal workforce from friends. The people who Obama says are underrepresented in federal payrolls usually take long lunches and are hostile to "non-minority" staff.
Let's be honest, this is Obama's big "jobs" package. Give criminal illegal aliens work permits instead of deportation and hire federal employees on the basis of race. Because he heard Maxine Waters the other day and he needs their votes again in 2012.