Fudge to Obama on Diversity: Where are the Black Cabinet Picks?

Fudge to Obama on Diversity: Where are the Black Cabinet Picks?

CBC Chair Marcia Fudge wrote the following letter to President Obama regarding recent selections for his cabinet.  With two vacancies left, no African Americans have been selected.


March 11, 2013

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20006
Dear President Obama,

I am concerned that you have moved forward with new cabinet appointments and yet, to date, none of them have been African American. You have publicly expressed your commitment to retaining diversity within your cabinet. However, the people you have chosen to appoint in this new term have hardly been reflective of this country’s diversity.

Congressional Black Caucus offices have had numerous phone calls from constituents questioning why none of the new appointees will be able to speak to the unique needs of African Americans. Their ire is compounded by the overwhelming support you’ve received from the African American community. As you continue choosing your critical advisors, we want to stress the importance of ensuring every community has a seat at the table. The absence of diverse voices leads to policies and programs that adversely impact African Americans.

Over the past four years, the CBC has recommended a number of qualified candidates. I am disappointed none have received the consideration they deserve.

The Congressional Black Caucus looks forward to meeting with you to discuss this and other pressing issues.

Marcia L. Fudge
Chair, Congressional Black Caucus