Larry Elder

The Democratic National Committee, apparently concerned about cost overruns -- imagine that -- announced layoffs. Not just any layoffs, mind you, but reportedly layoffs of 10 black staffers, a number later revised to "less than 10."

Enter Donna Brazile, the black former campaign manager of Al Gore, and the lady who once called the Republican Party "the party of the white boys." Brazile goes ballistic. "I'm just outraged," said Brazile. "They started reading me the names and I said, 'Oh, oh -- they're all black.' I went through the roof."

So, the DNC, despite its declared financial problems, cannot lay off black workers. Question: Would Ms. Brazile, or, say, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, or anybody else, for that matter, complain if the DNC issued pink slips to white staffers?

Were the black staffers the least experienced? Were the black staffers the least competent? How many other black staffers remain? Did DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe issue a memo, "Given our cost overruns, find 10 black workers and lay them off"? Is Ms. Donna "Republican-Party-the-party-of-the-white-boys" Brazile insinuating racism at the DNC?

Reverse course! The DNC communications strategist Jim Mulhall said, "The DNC has a strong commitment to diversity, to making sure that the DNC reflects America and the Democratic Party." The DNC denied the impending layoffs. Then Mulhall said they had hired eight people in the last month, five of whom were black. So all remains safe and secure within the "racially diverse" Democratic Party.

This, what, snafu, at the DNC exposes much that is wrong with the party.

Remember when then-President Bill Clinton described seeking a Cabinet that "looks like America"? What about a Cabinet that represents the best of America, resulting in, but not necessarily causing, a gender, religious or ethnically diverse Cabinet?

The Democratic Party retains its monolithic black vote by serving as protectors of blacks in the untidy, cruel racist private sector world. Never mind that most employers, believe it or not, hire, fire and promote for one thing and one thing only -- to make money. An employer who consistently refuses to hire or mistreats minority or female employees runs the risk of a) losing a pool of talented workers, b) earning a reputation of scaring away good workers, and c) alienating current workers offended by the loss of competent, profit-making co-workers, indeed losing talent to competitors.


Larry Elder

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