Minorities Locked Out of Authority in Government, Corporate America
So let me ask you something…
Is this picture a manifestation of racism in America?
The picture and the stats don’t lie…
I took a look at an ABC News picture of President Barack Obama sitting in a Situation Room with lead advisers watching the assassination of Obama bin Laden. Everyone had a tense look on their face, as 10 years of hard work suddenly came down to the wire. I couldn’t help but notice, as I scanned all the faces across the room, that there were only two women present (Hillary Clinton and another woman in the back), and one bi-racial black man (President Obama). Every other person in the room was a white male.
What startles me the most is that millions of other Americans can look at this picture and see absolutely nothing wrong with it. The “white guy’s club” has always been the status quo in leadership positions.
It appears that this problem doesn’t just exist in government, it exists in academia, corporate America and nearly every other institution in our nation. Most interesting is that no one seems to care or take the matter seriously. Quite a few universities and corporations love to use the word “diversity” as if it were some kind of intellectual toilet paper, but most of them don’t actually practice anything close to what they preach.
A study by the Alliance for Board Diversity has found that not much has changed over the last 100 years as it pertains to the presence of women and minorities on corporate boards. Sure, people of color have made some advances, but we are still stuck with an apartheid system as it pertains to the non-white male presence in key decision-making positions.
“While research points decisively to the benefits of a diverse boardroom— including enhanced financial performance—white men continue to dominate corporate boards
and have, in fact, increased their presence since 2004. Women and minorities are still vastly underrepresented,” said the report.
According to the group’s most recent survey, white males hold 72.9% of the total number of seats on Fortune 100 corporate boards, and white women hold another 14.5%. Therefore, only 12.6% of the seats are held by members of underrepresented minority groups. African-Americans hold a total of 6.3% of the seats, although they represent 13% of the population. Hispanics and Native American citizens are also shut out almost completely. – Dr Boyce Watkins
- Joe Keefe: Saying “No” to All-Male Corporate Boards (huffingtonpost.com)