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This photo is of 2003 from Germany. Secretary of State Colin L. in the United Nations Security Council at an electronics shop. Powell's speech is being broadcast. He was America's first black diplomat.
- Former President Bush had 19 black ambassadors during his first term, while Obama had 18 during his first term.
- Biden, the presidential Democratic candidate, hinted at furthering America's diverse image by choosing Kamala Harris as the running mate.
For two decades, the image of America in front of the world has been such that immigrants and blacks get enough strength here. Then he wants to become the first foreign minister of America, Czech-born Medellin K. Albright. Or the first black to become the country's chief diplomat, Colin L. Powell, whose father was a Jamaican expatriate.
At the same time, Condoleezza Rice, former President George Bush's foreign minister, grew up in Alabama. Hillary Clinton was replaced by Condoleezza Rise, who was Foreign Minister from 2005 to 2009 during President George Bush's term. The officials then jokingly said that the post was for white men who had a monopoly on it for more than 200 years.
Even John Carrey, who was Foreign Minister from 2013 to 17, was the second state secretary to President Barack Obama. Who represented the American dream to people around the world. In less than four years, President Trump changed the entire administration. America's image changed in front of the world.
The people representing America in large positions abroad are now mostly white and male. These include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Minister Mark Asper, Attorney General William P. Barr and Trump's National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien.
At last month's Republican National Convention, speakers tried to describe Trump as a strong candidate for the presidency. He said that the Trump administration included all communities and blacks at the top ranks. But the truth is quite the opposite.
Kelly Kraft replaced Nikki Haley as ambassador
However, one female officer is Kelly Craft, who is Trump's ambassador to the United Nations. He replaces Nikki Haley, who is an Indian-American. Haley was the only official of a separate community in the Trump administration.
Kamala Harris selected Biden as the running mate
Democratic candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr. chose California Senator Kamala Harris as her running mate. She is the Democratic candidate for Vice President in the US election. By electing him, Biden indicated his readiness to advance the diverse American image to the world. If he is elected, he will have to recreate lost ground based on diversity during the Trump administration.
A study by the Government Accountability Office in January showed the largest decrease in women and blacks in the State Department in 2018 compared to the previous decade. The study also found that black or minority white people working in the State Department were less likely to be promoted despite education, business, or being in federal service for many years.
More promotion for white people
The New York Times quoted State Department data as saying that 80 black foreign service officers and experts were promoted in the 2019 fiscal year. This figure is 1% of 8,023 diplomats. The remaining 1,496 diplomats were promoted. Of these, 108 were from Hispanic, 106 Asian and 90 other minority groups. White people received more promotions.
The government was severely criticized for not having more than 25 diplomats from another community in the US. The State Department then announced on 1 September that it was increasing the number of fellowships for minority applicants by 50%.
In a statement, Pompeo said the fellowships were designed to attract talented and qualified candidates who represent ethnic, racial, gender, social and geographic diversity for the Foreign Service.
White more in high positions in Trump administration
However, the lack of diversity is evident on a large scale at the department. According to the American Academy of Diplomacy, there are currently 189 US ambassadors working in foreign embassies. Of these, only three are diplomatic blacks and four are Hispanic. There were 19 black ambassadors during Bush's first term. At the same time, there were 18 during Obama's first term.
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