Is There Enough Diversity At The White House?

By on December 15, 2017

E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. A great hallmark of our nation, symbolizing that diversity creates strength. We haven’t been perfect in exemplifying that message over the course of our nation’s history, but as time goes on we get closer and closer to the realization of our nation’s original motto.

There are notable setbacks in our history, of course, and we’re at the crossroads of one of those instances currently. The departure of Omarosa Manigault Newman from the White House has caused many to ponder just how committed to diversity the current administration truly is.

This isn’t to say that Manigault Newman was a perfect employee. Sources suggest she walked around the White House aimlessly, and didn’t represent the president as he wanted to be at events she was taking part in.

But her departure brings up a good point, as one reporter asked of Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday: just how diverse is this White House? NBC reporter Kristen Welker asked point-blank, “How many senior staffers here at the White House are African-American?”

Sanders struggled to respond. ““We always want to continue to grow the diversity here,” she said. “I don’t have a number directly in front of me, specifically not African-American.”

Sanders added, “We have a really diverse team across the board at the White House. We always want to continue to grow the diversity here.”

That doesn’t match reality, Manigault Newman said. “It has been very, very challenging being the only African-American woman in the senior staff,” she explained after her departure.

And it’s not just the White House that’s a problem: according to Newsweek, President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees have been overwhelmingly white — 90 percent of them, in fact, and only 20 percent of those picks have been women.

There are a few individuals who are not white in Trump’s White House, including HUD Secretary Ben Carson. But for the most part, the executive branch is not representative of the nation as a whole.

The failure of the president to surround himself with a diverse makeup of staffers in the White House is troubling, especially given his gaffes when dealing with racial issues in the past. Our nation was founded with the ideal that many opinions and ideas would be honored and given a place at the table. As history has gone on, pursuit of that ideal has been our greatest strength — but much work still needs to be done in order to fulfill it, especially within this White House specifically.