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Obama orders increased affirmative action hiring in federal workforce

By Suzanne Gamboa

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday directing federal officials to design a government-wide strategy for making the federal workforce more diverse.

The three-page order directs the head of the Office of Personnel Management, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget, the President's Management Council and the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to develop the strategy within 90 days. Agencies then have 120 days to work the plan into their hiring and recruiting.

An Office of Personnel Management report says that in fiscal year 2010, the federal workforce was 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander and 1.8 percent Native American. It was 56.1 percent male.

Obama is planning to unveil job creation proposals next month. Some black lawmakers and leaders have criticized him for not directly addressing unemployment among blacks.

Blacks and Hispanics have been hit hard by the recession and are suffering unemployment rates of 15.6 percent and 11.3 percent respectively, higher than the 9.1 percent national average.

Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, said fighting job discrimination is as important for minorities as job creation.

"We are a country where it's easier for a white male with a felony record to find a job than a black man that has never committed a crime, and that in itself is a crime," Jealous said.

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  1. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    August 22, 2011 @ 7:17 am

    alright mr president,cudos to you for keeping the racial pot stirred.let us give unqualified people jobs just because they are whe see who the truly racist are in the country and it isnt white people.obama,rangle,jesse,naacp,sharpton,farakahn,maxine waters and the congressional black caucus.

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    • jb80538Comment by jb80538
      August 22, 2011 @ 10:54 am

      Why wouldn’t he do this? We have an unqualified minority person occupying the WH. He’s been appointing unqualified people to posts of all kind just because the appointee is gay or a minirity.

      We need to get away from this PC garbage and hire people based on qualifications, not based on ethnicity or sexual orientation.

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  2. downdraftComment by downdraft
    August 22, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    If  only American Blacks  are hired…OR if only American Latinos are hired…OR if only American Minorities of any racxe are hired…and if the jobs are ONLY Federal Jobs…



    TAXES???…and if so from what companies…those who go out of business because they can’t afford the TAXES???

    OR from those who finally move off shore for the same raasons???

    But since OBIMBO is only playing to those who commonly want HAND-OUTS…and for VOTES…HE HAS NO CONCERN FOR THE REST OF US…NOR FOR AMERICA…

    TRHIS MAN IS A DISGRACE TO MOST PEOPLE…even to those who voted for him, those who seek freebies, those who sit on their posteriors and await for us to provide for them…they just take anything for free..

    OK…if you are one of those lazy, “pimples on the rear end of progress” (POTAOPs)…go ahead….suck the life out of this country…go ahead and not contribute ANYTHING BUT YOUR SORRY REAR ENDS THAT TAKE UP SPACE…



    IMPEACH this POTAOP….OBIMBO you are a disgrace to AMERICA…in Kenya maybe its OK to get hand-outs…but you and your spouse are part of the problem here,… if not THE problem…

    Who’s Angry??? ME??? The rest of YOU out there?…of course not!

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  3. Son Of ThunderComment by mcrank
    August 22, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    Mr Obama needs to read Star Parker’s article.

    I don’t know where they come up with these statistics—I can tell you with no uncertainty that every government agency I go into locally—be it local, state, or Federal—is comprised mostly of blacks.  That is not an exaggeration—I see it all the time.

    I would also like to ask—what does diversity have to do with ability?  Are we going to hire someone because of their race/nationality or because they are qualified?  Do we promote diversity at the expense of competency?

    And, Mr Jealous, I will take direct issue with your remarks.  I am a white male who gave up long ago trying to land a government job on any level—I kept getting beat out by—care to guess??  No, Dear Sir, it certainly is not a given that a white male with a criminal record is going to beat out a black male with no criminal record—that is a load of ****.  So, Mr Jealous, if you are so concerned about discrimination—be concerned about it across the board—not just for people of your skin color.

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  4. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    August 22, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Obama is a racist! He will discriminate against all non blacks and will do everything to bring our government down. This is discrimination of the worst kind. It will perpetuate racism. Obama needs to go to jail and kept for like without possibility of parole or pardon.  
     To prove the facts look at the population. Blacks already have an over representation.
    Blacks make up 12.6% of the population. Whites make up 72.4% of the population and Hispanics make up 16.3%. So from the Census Numbers it shows that both white and Hispanics are under represented. Know the numbers there can be only reason Obama is doing this. RACISM!

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  5. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    August 22, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    “When the shoe is on the other foot the man becomes the same as those he opposes from his past.  Doesn’t make any difference what color you are, it matters only to what you are inside.”

    This is just one example of why it’s so important to oust this President and his entire administration from office.  He’s kowtowing to Maxine Waters and the black caucaus in order to obtain their votes for re-election.  Prior to this he concentrated only on the Hispanics and catered to only a few in the black race because he was certain that no matter what he did the blacks would stick with him, and I’m sure they will regardless of what they say.  Only the successful, educated blacks will have the courage and wherewithal to oppose him.  

    The Black Caucaus along with the Hispanics are working at a feverish pitch to get Obama to meet their demands as they are well aware they might never get another chance.  Things are going to getting pretty desperate in these remaining months as this administration is bypassing Congress, using executive orders, and doing every corruptible thing under the sun to get elected.  Just watch how much this intensifies as time goes on because he, Obama, the Democrats, and ultra liberal organizations want this man to stay in power.

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  6. ddrinspComment by ddrinsp
    August 22, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    This executive order by Obama on affirmative action will cause as much racial tension as that during the 1970s and the 1990s controversies over affirmative action . . . Probably even more tension given the lack of jobs available to all races.
    Affirmative action (i.e. quotas) has been a public controversial issue since the executive orders of JFK and then LBJ and continued thereafter.  It has impacted all aspects of American lives . . . the work place, housing, education system, college admissions and every federal executive department and agency.  Some states have even passed constitutional amendments banning affirmative action within their state.
    Now in typical liberal mode, Obama . . .  using factual errors and half-truth statistics . . . issues an executive order to satisfy his voter base and up his approval rate.
    Guess this is part of the Obama “jobs” plan he is going to spell out after Labor Day.  Wonder how much taxpayer “stimulus” he needs to pay for these Affirmative Action “Federal” Jobs.

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  7. JDZComment by JDZ
    August 22, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    In areas like Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington DC, etc. where there are large numbers, maybe majorities, of Blacks living, the majority of those working in government administrative jobs are Black.  Most of the elected politicians are Black.  In areas like LA, where the majority of people are Hispanics, most of the political jobs are filled by Hispanics as are the government administrative positions. In Washington DC, the mayor has been a Black person for years as are most of the jobs in the local government within the DC struture.  The majority of NFL, NBA, and professional baseball players are Black or latin…and the coaching staffs, particularly the NBA and NFL are primarily Blacks. 

    So, where is the outrage in the lack of “diversity” in these arenas?  Why isn’t it a requirement for the players on these teams to have a ethnic/race diversity that follows the diversity of the country? 

    There is so much hypocrisy in this country when it comes to race and affirmative action policies that it is really a joke. 

    I actually believe that one of the primary root causes of the fall of this country, which is happening as we speak, is due to this over the top push for diversity and political correctness.  It has forced every company and government agency to hire people that are less qualified for millions of jobs which basically compromises performance across the board.  It has permeated our educational system at all levels and moved into every aspect of our lives.  We have allowed unions to use it against companies, we have allowed the ABA to get rich using it in litigations of all kinds, etc.

    And, it is one of the biggest elephants in the room that is being ignored, in fact, Obama, with this new diversity policy, has just fed the elephant some steroids.

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  8. cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
    August 23, 2011 @ 1:40 am

    More affirmative action means more ineptness, inefficiency, ignorance and less work in the “work” place. The qualified need not apply for a job.

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