01 February, 2021

Ummm…Isn’t that a Desirable Feature?

Biden State Appointee Says White Diplomats Are Too 'Protective' of United States - Washington Free Beacon

Pretty sure I prefer it when U.S. diplomats are protective of the United States. Maybe it’s just me.

Desirée Cormier Smith, a newly minted senior adviser in the Bureau of International Organizations, said in a podcast interview that white diplomats often treated visa applicants with hostility because of their "ownership" over the visas during her experience as a foreign-service officer.

"It seemed like many of our white colleagues approached the visa applicants with so much ownership over these visas. They were so protective of the United States, and they didn't want anybody who could sully the image of the United States because it's this perfect shining city on a hill," she told the Black Diplomats podcast in October. "If you are a white foreign-service officer, coming from a very wealthy background, a two-parent household, never knew what it meant to struggle … you might automatically assume that there's no way [an applicant] would use this visa properly."

Such language may run afoul of previously implemented State Department guidelines. The State Department's discrimination and harassment policies place priorities on diversity and tolerance in the culture of the department, asking employees to work without bias toward skin color.

Hmm. No, that’s not at all racist.

This is what you voted for. #IToldYouSo

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