Trump’s administration isn’t very diverse. The fact that he enjoys so many photo ops with black celebrities like Kanye West, Steve Harvey and Don King make it glaringly obvious, he’s not serious about diversity either.
Trump’s Cabinet So Far Is More White and More
Male Than Any First Cabinet Since Reagan’s
Shermichael Singleton, 26, the senior adviser to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was suddenly fired recently because the White House discovered he had criticized President Donald Trump. The retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was Trump’s lone African-American choice in his cabinet.
Singleton, had worked on Carson’s own presidential bid in 2016 before joining the administration. In the closing weeks of the election, Singleton wrote an op-ed critical of Trump in which he blasted the then-nominee’s rhetoric toward black voters as “a coded message from an era in our history that should stay in the past.”
After Trump was elected president he answered a number of questions regarding his op-ed and expressed remorse the New York Times reports. But administration staff hadn’t finished his background check and “this week, Mr. Trump’s advisers turned up” the op-ed and some related tweets, according to the Times. Security guards reportedly escorted Carson’s aide out of the HUD building Wednesday.
Singleton, who the Huffington Post notes is “one of the few black Republicans in the Trump administration,” told the Times he could not discuss the circumstances of his abrupt firing.
Some republicans state that Obama only had one black in his initial cabinet just like Trump today. However, Obama had appointed Eric H.Holder Jr.to be attorney general he also included more women, Asians and Hispanics than past presidents in his cabinet. He also appointed other blacks to the positions of U.S. trade representative and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Our nation has a long way to go to reflect the true diversity of its citizens. Yet, despite his horrendous service as president, George W. Bush’s initial cabinet and cabinet-level officials were 45 percent women or nonwhite men. Our 44th president, Barack Obama’s first cabinet was 64 percent. Now with the 45th in office we have gone not forward but backwards. We will be keeping our ears and eyes open for any signs of change.