Biden’s Initial Appointments Ignore American Black Male Candidates

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By Rosetta Miller Perry President-elect Joe Biden’s first wave of candidates for Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions are generally getting raves from the mainstream press for diversity and inclusion. Sunday night he announced the appointment of an all-women Communications staff. But so far there’s been a disturbing absence of Black male candidates for top-level, highly visible, powerful positions. A prime example of the Biden campaign recognizing the importance of having a Latino male presence was the selection of Alejandro Mayorkas to head the Department of Homeland Security. He’d be the first Latino in that position, and his appointment is being hailed in the Latino press as groundbreaking. By comparison, the president-elect tapped Cedric Richmond to serve as an adviser and the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.  Richmond is the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. But the distinction is the pick of Mayorkas and that of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be UN Ambassador got major news coverage and attention, and are being rightly highlighted as significant for young Latino boys and Black girls to see as role models. Unless you’re an avid news reader or plugged into political insider publications, you might not even have known about...