Thursday, February 25, 2021

Coloring Their Judgment

Headline and lede in the Washington Post:

Many of Biden’s nominees of color run into turbulence in the Senate

The Biden administration has fewer top government leaders in place than other recent presidents at this point in their terms, a pace that’s been slowed by a siege at the Capitol, an impeachment trial, a plague and a series of snowstorms.

But activists who pushed Biden to nominate a diverse Cabinet are also noticing another phenomenon: Many of the president’s Black, Latino, Asian and Native American nominees are encountering more political turbulence than their White counterparts, further drawing out the process of staffing the federal government.

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“We are concerned with what seems like foot-dragging and an effort to slow down the confirmation process of eminently qualified individuals and the fact that these nominees are women, people of color, sons or daughters of immigrants and there seems to be a pattern that is very troubling,” said Janet Murguía, the president of UnidosUS, a Latino-focused group. “It seems like this treatment is a double standard because we’re seeing that historically other administrations have been able to move much more quickly.”

Biden made a point of elevating a record number of officials of color to top posts, putting the majority-White Senate in a position where it is potentially more likely that candidates of color will be rejected or scrutinized.

What did they expect by putting up people of color or the children of immigrants to be confirmed by members of a party that is still in the thrall of a racist and misogynist leader? Well, they will remind you that they whooped through Ben Carson as Trump’s HUD Secretary because everyone knows that a Black man would know what it’s like to grow up in the ghetto, and Elaine Chao was perfect as the Secretary of Transportation because she was the wife of the Senate Majority Leader. But those Others being put up by Biden? They’re all “Radicals.”

Certainly there can be honest disagreements between political parties, but it’s no shock that something else seems to be coloring their judgment.