Posts Tagged ‘White Privilege’

Trump White House Staff: A Whiter Shade of Pale

August 20, 2018

Trump White House Staff: A Whiter Shade of Pale

White House staff diversity, already low, is decreasing:

“Of the 55 highest-earning White House staffers, POLITICO was able to identify only a half-dozen who are not white. Along with [director of strategic communications Mercedes] Schlapp, that includes director of management and administration Marcia Lee Kelly, who is Korean-American, and Joyce Meyer, a Filipino-American who is a senior member of the legislative affairs team.”

“’Having diversity in a leadership team is clearly necessary for top performance,’ said Max Stier, the president of the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit that advised the Trump transition team as it set up the government. ‘The proverbial group think, which is a real problem, becomes less of one when you have a diverse team.’

He added: ‘It’s not something that’s going to get better by accident. It’s something that gets better when people at the top prioritize it’.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Friday about the diversity of its staff.”

— “Trump’s inner circle gets whiter,” Andrew Restuccia, Politico


“Trump has so few senior black advisers, Kellyanne Conway struggles to name one,” Emily Stewart, Vox


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Vision Test

March 6, 2016

“White Privilege Glasses,” produced by 31 Lengths for the Chicago Theological Seminary. Cast: Michael Ford (he got the glasses), Nathaniel Ryan, Cherie Malone.

This is a short, mild introduction to this subject for white folks, but it has caused furor in the conservative blogosphere.

h/t: Colorlines


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October 19, 2014

TV talker Bill O’Reilly has waged a persistent campaign denying the existence of White Privilege. Jon Stewart recently confronted him about it, asking about his upbringing in the original suburban subdivision, Levittown, on New York’s Long Island.

“It gave you a nice stable, a cheap home,” said Stewart, “there were no down payments.It was this incredible opportunity … Those houses were subsidized … It wasn’t lavish.”

O’Reilly: No, they weren’t subsidized. They were sold to GIs, and the GIs got a mortgage they could afford.”

Stewart: “Did that upbringing leave a mark on you even today?”

O’Reilly: “Of course. Every upbringing leaves a mark on people.”

Stewart: “Could black people live in Levittown?”

O’Reilly: “Not in that time — they could not.”

Stewart: “So that, my friend, is what we call in the business ‘white privilege.’”