Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge Sends Letter to President Obama Over Lack of African American Cabinet Appointments
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge sent a letter to President Obama expressing concern over the lack of African American appointments to his cabinet. The full text of the letter is below and it is available for download here.
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