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More than 20 black White House aides have departed the Biden administration since late last year, an exodus some have dubbed “Blaxit,” according to a new report.

While some of the departing staffers have left on good terms to pursue additional career or educational opportunities, others have attributed the turnover to a lack of mentorship and opportunity, Politico reported Tuesday, citing nine black current and former White House officials.

“We’re here and we’re doing a lot of work but we’re not decision-makers and there’s no real path towards becoming decision-makers,” one current staffer told the outlet. “There is no real feedback and there’s no clear path to any kind of promotions.”

“They brought in a ton of black people generally to start without ever establishing an infrastructure to retain them or help them be successful,” another current official said. “If there is no clear infrastructure of how to be successful, you become just as invisible in this space than you would be if you were not in it.”

Some “people have not had the best experiences and a lot of that has to do with the death of black leadership,” a former official agreed. “Think about any workplace. Black folks need some person to go to, to strategize and be a mentor, and we just don’t have as many folks who can be mentors to us.”

The first departure of a top black official from the administration came in December, when Vice President Kamala Harris’ senior adviser and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders left to take a hosting gig with MSNBC.

Harris chief of staff Tina Flournoy, communications director Ashley Etienne and public engagement chief Vincent Evans as well as White House public engagement head Cedric Richmond have since joined the rush for the exit.

Other black White House staffers to depart include public engagement aide Carissa Smith, gender policy aide Kalisha Dessources Figures, National Security Council senior director Linda Etim, digital engagement director Cameron Trimble, associate counsel Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo, advisers to the chief of staff Elizabeth Wilkins and Niyat Mulugheta, press assistant Natalie Austin, National Economic Council aides Joelle Gamble and Connor Maxwell, and presidential personnel aides Danielle Okai, Reggie Greer and Rayshawn Dyson.

Those departures aren’t likely to be the last, either: White House officials told Politico that deputy White House counsel Danielle Conley and Council of Economic Advisers aide Saharra Griffin are expected to leave the administration soon as well.

Of all the officials to have left the administration, the departure of Richmond for a post with the Democratic National Committee appears to have hit particularly hard. A former White House aide described the onetime Louisiana congressman as a “nucleus” for black staffers, while a current official described him as a “big brother” and “the voice of those folks,” adding that Richmond’s leaving left aides “a little nervous.”

Other black White House staffers have grown frustrated with what they say is a lack of focus on issues they deem important to the African American community.

“The issues that are the highest priority for our community are no longer at the forefront of the administration’s priority list,” one current aide told Politico. “When 10 black people got killed at a grocery store [in Buffalo], it’s business as usual and no one stops to say to you, ‘Are you okay?’”

“They gave us a mandate to execute on all the things that we promised and not only are we not delivering on that front, but then we’re not also delivering to the staff that came in on the basis of that promise,” another current official told the outlet. “People go home to their families or their communities, and what can they point to specifically? They can’t even point to their own experiences as positive.”

 

Aardvark86

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They sound a bit spoiled. I'm special because I'm black.

(sorry to say it, but the "identitarian left" culture sort of promotes this sort of thinking)
Here's how I'd break it out:

About 65% of them are actually smart enough to know that you get out and trade on your name/contacts before midterms, and not too long after the goodie train that exists in the first year of every presidency runs dry and the really hard work of governing kicks in.

About 25% of them are too stupid to realize that white house staff positions don't operate like 'normal' corporate jobs in terms of mentoring and promotion, and that getting out is your promotion, because as you say, they are special and never had a clue that the only thing that ever matters, or will matter, is the president, and not the staffers. (Law school buddy was like this, and was sincerely disappointed when, at age 23 and having committed three years (14% of his life) to working for a campaign, he was not in fact in line to receive a presidential appointment requiring senate confirmation.)

The remaining 10% think that Rep. Clyburn's influence has no shelf life.
 

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“We’re here and we’re doing a lot of work but we’re not decision-makers and there’s no real path towards becoming decision-makers”

There are a bunch of people on that list where this is their first or second job. How delusional are these people?
Completely. See my post above.
 

onlyTheObvious

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They were only hired because they were black.

Biden essentially proclaimed this over and over by saying he was targeting “women of color” for VP and SCOTUS.

does people zero favors when announce you are not looking at all of the best candidates. He could have picked the same people and shown a lot more respect towards them if he said “I am looking for the best and race is not an issue”.
 

MitchLL

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They were only hired because they were black.

Biden essentially proclaimed this over and over by saying he was targeting “women of color” for VP and SCOTUS.

does people zero favors when announce you are not looking at all of the best candidates. He could have picked the same people and shown a lot more respect towards them if he said “I am looking for the best and race is not an issue”.
Biden should just have planted a few Black people on the stage in one of his recent speeches holding a sign that proclaimed " Blacks for Biden".

Worked so well for 45.

Seriously, why does this thread even exist?
 

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They were only hired because they were black.

Biden essentially proclaimed this over and over by saying he was targeting “women of color” for VP and SCOTUS.

does people zero favors when announce you are not looking at all of the best candidates. He could have picked the same people and shown a lot more respect towards them if he said “I am looking for the best and race is not an issue”.
Lol yeah you & your ilk wouldn't have said anything then...
 
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Here's how I'd break it out:

About 65% of them are actually smart enough to know that you get out and trade on your name/contacts before midterms, and not too long after the goodie train that exists in the first year of every presidency runs dry and the really hard work of governing kicks in.

About 25% of them are too stupid to realize that white house staff positions don't operate like 'normal' corporate jobs in terms of mentoring and promotion, and that getting out is your promotion, because as you say, they are special and never had a clue that the only thing that ever matters, or will matter, is the president, and not the staffers. (Law school buddy was like this, and was sincerely disappointed when, at age 23 and having committed three years (14% of his life) to working for a campaign, he was not in fact in line to receive a presidential appointment requiring senate confirmation.)

The remaining 10% think that Rep. Clyburn's influence has no shelf life.
This. ^^ No path to promotion, lack of opportunity, etc?? You have been on the job for 15 months...believe it or not, not everyone gets promoted every year.

These folks sound like whiners.
 
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Haha hehe, a fair portion of this is due to giving people jobs they really didn't qualify for and letting them sink, because of the color of their epidermis.



Real talk, does anyone think this lady last a year?
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“We’re here and we’re doing a lot of work but we’re not decision-makers and there’s no real path towards becoming decision-makers”

There are a bunch of people on that list where this is their first or second job. How delusional are these people?
Right. Sounds like the “mentors” bailed first and abandoned their direct reports.
 
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More than 20 black White House aides have departed the Biden administration since late last year, an exodus some have dubbed “Blaxit,” according to a new report.

While some of the departing staffers have left on good terms to pursue additional career or educational opportunities, others have attributed the turnover to a lack of mentorship and opportunity, Politico reported Tuesday, citing nine black current and former White House officials.

“We’re here and we’re doing a lot of work but we’re not decision-makers and there’s no real path towards becoming decision-makers,” one current staffer told the outlet. “There is no real feedback and there’s no clear path to any kind of promotions.”

“They brought in a ton of black people generally to start without ever establishing an infrastructure to retain them or help them be successful,” another current official said. “If there is no clear infrastructure of how to be successful, you become just as invisible in this space than you would be if you were not in it.”

Some “people have not had the best experiences and a lot of that has to do with the death of black leadership,” a former official agreed. “Think about any workplace. Black folks need some person to go to, to strategize and be a mentor, and we just don’t have as many folks who can be mentors to us.”

The first departure of a top black official from the administration came in December, when Vice President Kamala Harris’ senior adviser and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders left to take a hosting gig with MSNBC.

Harris chief of staff Tina Flournoy, communications director Ashley Etienne and public engagement chief Vincent Evans as well as White House public engagement head Cedric Richmond have since joined the rush for the exit.

Other black White House staffers to depart include public engagement aide Carissa Smith, gender policy aide Kalisha Dessources Figures, National Security Council senior director Linda Etim, digital engagement director Cameron Trimble, associate counsel Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo, advisers to the chief of staff Elizabeth Wilkins and Niyat Mulugheta, press assistant Natalie Austin, National Economic Council aides Joelle Gamble and Connor Maxwell, and presidential personnel aides Danielle Okai, Reggie Greer and Rayshawn Dyson.

Those departures aren’t likely to be the last, either: White House officials told Politico that deputy White House counsel Danielle Conley and Council of Economic Advisers aide Saharra Griffin are expected to leave the administration soon as well.

Of all the officials to have left the administration, the departure of Richmond for a post with the Democratic National Committee appears to have hit particularly hard. A former White House aide described the onetime Louisiana congressman as a “nucleus” for black staffers, while a current official described him as a “big brother” and “the voice of those folks,” adding that Richmond’s leaving left aides “a little nervous.”

Other black White House staffers have grown frustrated with what they say is a lack of focus on issues they deem important to the African American community.

“The issues that are the highest priority for our community are no longer at the forefront of the administration’s priority list,” one current aide told Politico. “When 10 black people got killed at a grocery store [in Buffalo], it’s business as usual and no one stops to say to you, ‘Are you okay?’”

“They gave us a mandate to execute on all the things that we promised and not only are we not delivering on that front, but then we’re not also delivering to the staff that came in on the basis of that promise,” another current official told the outlet. “People go home to their families or their communities, and what can they point to specifically? They can’t even point to their own experiences as positive.”

NY Post. LOL
 

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They were only hired because they were black.

Biden essentially proclaimed this over and over by saying he was targeting “women of color” for VP and SCOTUS.

does people zero favors when announce you are not looking at all of the best candidates. He could have picked the same people and shown a lot more respect towards them if he said “I am looking for the best and race is not an issue”.
Holy crap.
 
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Sounds like some of them moved n to higher paying jobs and better opportunities. It wouldn't be the first time that folks used a White House position to advance their career outside of government
 

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