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Study Shows Senate Dems Don’t Practice The Diversity They Demand of Others

Study Shows Senate Dems Don’t Practice The Diversity They Demand of Others

Diversity for thee, but not for we

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Democrats pride themselves on diversity and inclusiveness, so we might expect to see a united colors of Benneton ad in the Senate yearbook.  But we’d be wrong.

According to the Washington Post, they have seen a report released by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that shows that the majority of Senate staffers are white and female.

The Washington Post reports:

People working for Democratic senators are overwhelmingly white and mostly women, according to a first-of-its-kind report on diversity in some congressional offices.

The current Congress is the most diverse in history, with more minority lawmakers than ever before and a record 21 women in the Senate. But a cadre of current and former congressional staffers, lobbyists and party donors have been pressuring congressional leaders — especially Democrats — to intensify the search for minorities to fill jobs on Capitol Hill and in district offices nationwide.

Responding to the pressure, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a report Friday that confirms what staffers and outside observers have long believed: Despite having 16 women in the caucus and more minority senators than ever, Democratic Senate staffing is overwhelmingly white.

Thirty-two percent of staffers are “non-Caucasian,” defined as African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American or Middle Eastern/North African, according to the report. Fifty-four percent of staffers are women, 46 percent are men.

Interestingly, the makeup of Senate staffers mirrors, in some cases, the demographics that actually exist in America.

According to the 2010 Census, 74% of Americans are “white alone,” 43% are Hispanic or Latino, and less than 13% are “black alone.”  It’s worth noting here that there are only two black chiefs of staff working in the Senate, both of whom work for Republican Senators.

Since this tweet, another Senator hired a black chief of staff: Republican Jerry Moran (KS).

WaPo continues breaking down Democrat staffers and their diversity problem:

Thirty-two percent of staffers are “non-Caucasian,” defined as African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American or Middle Eastern/North African, according to the report. Fifty-four percent of staffers are women, 46 percent are men.

The report “confirms what we’ve all known for some time — that there is a significant diversity problem that cannot be allowed to continue in the most representative branch of our government,” said Don Bell, director of the Black Talent Initiative at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a group that has been studying congressional staffing issues for years. He called on other House and Senate leaders “to follow suit and begin collecting this vital information.”

Across the Senate Democratic staff, 13 percent are African American, roughly on par with the national percentage; 10 percent are Latino, behind the roughly 17 percent nationally; 8 percent are Asian-Pacific, ahead of the national percentage; 4 percent are Native American; and 3 percent are Middle Eastern/North African. (Some staffers chose more than one category.)

“As we continue the full-court press to make the Senate a more diverse place, this survey will be important to help us track our progress,” Schumer said in a statement announcing the report’s release. “The more diverse the Senate is, the better it can serve our diverse country.”

According to this report, to reflect actual demographics, Senate Democrats need to hire more white people because they’re at only 68%, below the national 74%.  They also need to fire more women and hire more men to reflect national demographics in this category, too.   This would hit Elizabeth Warren particularly hard since she pays female staffers 71 cents to the “male” dollar.  Further, the report seems to suggest that Democrats need to fire a bunch of Asian-Pacific people to help “make up” the lack of Hispanic / Latino diversity.

It sounds crazy to us, but they seem to be intent on ensuring accurate national demographic reflection in their Senate staffing, or perhaps the goal is to skew the national demographic and to under-represent white people in the name of diversity?

“Diversity” doesn’t address things like experience, skills, education, ability, or fitness for the job.  This is an inherent flaw in Democrats’ thinking, and one that Senator Scott warns against.

The Daily Signal reports:

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., noting that Republicans have an edge on Democrat colleagues in this department, said he wants to encourage his colleagues to find and bring on board qualified minority applicants.

. . . . For a Democratic Party that prides itself on embracing diversity, Scott said, the lack of it among Democrat staffers on Capitol Hill doesn’t make much sense.

“We are oftentimes maligned as the party that doesn’t open the door of opportunities,” Scott said of Republicans, “whereas the other side of the aisle is celebrated for being the party of opportunity, when in fact there may be room for improvement in their staff numbers.”

Scott’s 17-member staff on Capitol Hill includes nine individuals who are black, Hispanic, or Asian, or who have developmental disabilities. When women are included, the number rises to 13,  communications director Sean Smith said.

. . . . Scott, however, says it is important to hire individuals based on experience and qualifications for a particular position, not single out diversity as the one stipulation for hiring.

“We don’t want to encourage folks to hire minorities for the sake of hiring minorities, but to hire the right person for the right job without any exclusions,” Scott said.

Just as Democrats have become the party of intolerance in the name of tolerance, their attempts to increase diversity for its own sake will make them the party of exclusion in the name of inclusion.

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Comments

Chuck knows the time of day. That’s why he’s avoiding addressing the issue.

Hire AA recipients, get AA quality.

For a while the Dems were the party of creepy middle-aged white guys obsessed with chasing after barely-legal interns. From Ted Kennedy to Billy Jeff to Gary Condit, it was embarrassingly obvious.

I doubt that anything has changed much.

So it’s reasonable to suspect that what they really want, and will probably manage to get—despite all the talk—is more white 18-year-olds on staff.

A lot more.

    rabid wombat in reply to tom swift. | July 2, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    “So it’s reasonable to suspect that what they really want, and will probably manage to get—despite all the talk—is more white 18-year-olds on staff.”

    And Barney Frank, and the like are tingling with excitement.

    (Yeah, I know Barney has retired….)

UnCivilServant | July 2, 2017 at 7:59 pm

What this study tells me is that congresscritters have too many staffers and need their staffing budgets cut.

how about hiring based on qualifications and nothing else….

The democrats are obviously exercising fiscal conservatism. They can get women for 25% less money so there is more money left over for the office Christmas party

This malignant clown is as full of crap as the media that diapers him.

Oh, they believe in diversity. [class] diversity. For someone else. They’re not stupid. They are fully aware of the logical implications of their brand of “diversity”. Also, they know what happens in the abortion chambers. That inconvenient truth was revealed a long time ago.

The “love our diversity” progressives I know constantly show disdain for conservatives (anyone to the right of Mao and Lenin) for being afraid of brown people. Yet they all live in the whitest, most segregated neighborhoods of Marin County, the Peninsula or the City itself. The only brown people they ever see are the neighborhood gardeners and day laborers outside Home Depot.

No San Francisco politician can ever give a speech or even a short interview without uttering the magic phrase San Francisco celebrates its diversity. Demographic data obtained from city-data.com proves otherwise. San Francisco is also segregated.

The most desirable neighborhoods along the northern waterfront and through the midsection of the city are predominately white. the Chinese neighborhoods form a cohesive block throughout much of the western half of the city. What used to be predominantly Latino neighborhoods are trending white as the density of Hispanics fall. Black neighborhoods are nearly non-existent and confined to to a couple of blocks.

“It’s worth noting here that there are only two black chiefs of staff working in the Senate, both of whom work for Republican Senators.”

FENN’S LAW: Liberals do not truly believe in the issues/causes that they lecture about to the rest of us.”

Every businessperson knows that the only importance of diversity, other than virtue signaling, is diversity of thought. The left is not interested in that. Sad!

‘According to the 2010 Census, 74% of Americans are “white alone,” 43% are Hispanic or Latino, and less than 13% are “black alone.” ‘

That’s got 130% of the population covered. What about the rest of them?

    Old0311 in reply to greener. | July 3, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I see your point and I’m with you 1000%.

    tom swift in reply to greener. | July 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    The statistics are scrambled in a way that only government could manage. In Governmentese, “Hispanic” isn’t a race, it’s a geographic location. It’s applied to anyone from south of Brownsville, even if they’re black, or white as polar bears. Then if they count them again for the numbers for “black” or “white”, everything goes all to hell.

      tom swift in reply to tom swift. | July 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      “Hispanic” isn’t a race

      Unless of course you’re trying to play the Affirmative Action or diversity quota cards, in which case it’s as much a race as “Muslim”.

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