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As President Joe Biden prepares to nominate a black woman to fill the vacancy left at the Supreme Court by retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, woke leftist consultants are proclaiming that the move will herald a new age of diversity in corporate America.
Biden’s choice, first and foremost, appears to focus on gender and race, not qualifications. By announcing his intention to nominate a black woman for the Supreme Court, many contend he effectively eliminated most qualified candidates in deference to skin color and biological sex.
Among his rumored nominees are United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs, Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California Leondra Kruger who conservatives claim should all be chosen based on their qualifications to fill the position, not race and gender.
After the president made his announcement, corporate consultants declared it was “bold and direct,” according to Business Insider. They praised it as another monumental step in line with his decision to choose Kamala Harris, a black woman, as his running mate. Now, they are calling on corporate America to do the same thing and have CEOs name black women as their successors.
“I think the importance for society cannot be understated,” Malia Lazu, who is a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, told Business Insider. “It’s happening as America is wrestling with its history and current actions of white supremacy.”
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“Biden’s leadership here is a real example of not only allyship but co-conspiratorship,” Lazu remarked. “It’s not enough that you’re not racist, that you put up a Black Lives Matter sign. It’s what are you doing with the power you have to move the needle on equity and inclusion?”
According to Business Insider, these consultants see Biden’s nomination as an example of what is transpiring in corporate America today, claiming that more leaders are beginning to “understand how racism and patriarchy have historically kept black women out of spaces of power.”
“I think George Floyd’s murder raised consciousness in a lot of people,” Tara Jaye Frank, who is a corporate consultant and the author of “The Waymakers,” told the media outlet. “It’s no longer ‘these black people talking about it.’ Business leaders had an opportunity to see it with their own eyes.”
A Black woman on the Supreme Court. Is corporate America paying attention? #SCOTUS #SCOTUSnominee https://t.co/IYRd1FlbxG
— Tara Jaye Frank (@TaraJFrank) February 3, 2022
“What I hope CEOs take away from this moment is that equity does not happen by accident,” she added. “What’s been happening for years is companies say, ‘We’re going to hire the most qualified people,’ but what ends up happening is their affinity bias takes over.”
“This is about representation in its purest form. Every American deserves to have their needs, interests, concerns represented by someone who shares their lived experience and cares about it intuitively,” Frank asserted. “You don’t get there without being intentional.”
Tina Opie, who is a Fortune 500 strategist and an associate professor of management at Babson College, is also optimistic about the future of corporate America in regards to diversity. She contends that more white male CEOs are calling her for guidance on how to be deliberate in advancing diversity.
“Why is it so unfair to declare the nominee will be a black woman?” Opie said addressing Biden’s SCOTUS announcement. “You all were completely fine with white men representing over 90% of justices for decades. But we even say a black woman, all of a sudden you start talking about quality and qualifications.”
Biden chose Harris as his VP because of the color of her skin and sex—not qualification. She's been a disaster. Now he promises to choose Supreme Court nominee on the same criteria. Identity politics is destroying our country.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) January 31, 2022
“I would encourage CEOs to approach their constituents and say something like: ‘Look at the prior CEOs of our organization since its inception. What do you notice? It’s largely homogenous. We have been having affirmative action for white people, and today that stops. My next successor will be a black woman,'” Opie urged.
Piper-Simone Casey, who is a law student at the University of Pennsylvania, went further to comment that while Biden’s allyship was admirable, the business community needed to push itself even further.
“I think it is time that corporate America stops questioning black women and their merit just because they want to uphold spaces that are dominated by white men,” Casey declared. “Not only are black women capable of working in these spaces, but they are likely to impart a great deal of wisdom and creativity while doing so.”
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