The Department of Defense is not the only Cabinet-level agency starting to push new “woke” policies. Politico reported that the State Department is also struggling with its identity and “racing” to address a 232-year history of “entrenched whiteness.”
“Antony Blinken’s State Department is racing to address a 232-year-old problem: the overwhelming and entrenched whiteness of the nation’s oldest government agency,” the outlet reports this past Wednesday.
“The department’s 23,000 or so American staff may be the global face of America, but they don’t look like it. And the gap is growing, not shrinking, by many metrics.”
“Though 40 percent of the American population is from a racial or ethnic minority, ‘only 13 percent of the Department’s Senior Executive Service are people of color,’ said Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a career diplomat. ‘It was more diverse in 1986 — literally — than it is now,’ said Eric Rubin, president of the American Foreign Service Association, which represents the department’s diplomats,” the outlet noted.
As said by Politico, President Joe Biden has pledged to run the most diverse government ever, and that includes “rethinking” and “reformatting” some of the most significant governmental institutions.
Blinken was basically chomping at the bit, and the State Department under him wasted absolutely no time in addressing the agency’s issues with diversity. Blinken released a report on the State Department’s “diversity and inclusion” problems. He did this almost immediately after his confirmation of his role as Secretary of State.
While the report took an in depth look at the agency’s own issues, it also proposed solutions, including hiring a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) to “align and advance D&I policies across the department, bring transparency to these initiatives, and hold senior leadership accountable on progress.” The CDIO’s main job would be incorporating “diversity and inclusion into the Department’s work at every level.”
The State Department also stated that it planned to begin educating its workforce on new “anti-racism” policies. Before they announced the CDIO, the state department had a Zoom presentation stressing the idea that racism is a threat to national security.
The presentation, titled, “Racism Being a Threat to National Security and Democracy,” featured a range of progressives to speak, including “former Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello, who currently serves as an executive director for George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.” as reported by Fox News, and “Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Diala Shamas and Western States Center (WSC) Executive Director Eric Ward.”
“Secretary Blinken has made it 100 percent clear that he is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion for our workforce. It’s going to be integrated across the department, and it’s going to help strengthen us, period,” a State Department spokesperson said to Politico.