White House diversity and inclusion officer steps down

 January 28, 2024

President Joe Biden has long touted his commitment to diversity and claimed that it is the source of America's strength.

However, the man tasked with promoting diversity in Biden's White House announced late last week that he'll soon be gone. 

White House diversity and inclusion officer calls job "the honor of a lifetime"

According to the Associated Press, Michael Leach revealed this past Thursday that he will depart from his role as chief White House diversity and inclusion officer in the next several days.

Leach is the first person to hold the position and also serves as a special assistant to the president. He previously worked on Biden's 2020 campaign.

The Associated Press quoted Leach as saying that it "has been the honor of a lifetime" to work under the president and feels "great optimism" about Biden's diversity efforts.

"President Biden promised to build an administration that looks like America and delivers for the American people," White House deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley Dillon told the news service.

"From the campaign to now, Michael Leach was an instrumental partner to us in fulfilling this promise," she went on to add.

Men and white people are underrepresented in Biden administration

As NBC News reported this past June, President Joe Biden leads the least white administration in history, with non-Hispanic whites only making up around 50% of its employees.

This is despite the U.S. Census Bureau estimating in July of 2023 that non-Hispanic white people made up 58.9% of the overall population.

Women are even more overrepresented in the Biden White House, as 59% of staff there are women even though the same U.S. Census Bureau data shows just 50.9% of Americans are female.

Curiously, those disparities didn't prevent White House chief of staff Jeff Zients from boasting in a statement to NBC News that "the Biden-Harris Administration reflects America."

Corporate diversity efforts have led to civil rights lawsuits

There has been growing concern in recent years that corporate diversity efforts are leading some companies to target people based on their race or sex.

The New York Post reported in August of last year that Starbucks regional manager Shannon Phillips won a multi-million dollar judgment after the company fired her for being white.

Meanwhile, USA Today detailed in December how former White House advisor Stephen Miller and his America First Legal group have helped others to file similar lawsuits under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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