By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist)
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “one of the shameful tragedies [of our nation] is that eleven o’clock on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours, if not the most segregated hour in Christian America.”
King referred to the segregation within American churches on Sunday mornings.
I would say that the most segregated place in America is the Democratic Party, especially when it comes to Blacks holding senior-level staff jobs.
According to The Gallup Organization, Blacks make up 22 percent of the Democratic Party and Hispanics 13 percent. For decades, Blacks have been the most loyal voting bloc within the Democratic Party, but as Obama has proven, when it’s time to reward that loyalty, Blacks are often forgotten.
The Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies did a fascinating study on this issue last year. The Joint Center used to be the premiere Black think tank in the U.S., until they decided to become a radical liberal group and tool of the Democratic National Committee.
The report is titled, “Racial Diversity Among Top Senate Staff,” conducted by James R. Jones. This is one of the most explosive, damning reports of the Democratic Party’s racism I have ever read. Some of the highlights of the report are:
• Although people of color make up over 36 percent of the U.S. population and over 28 percent of the citizen voting-age population, they represent only 7.1 percent of top Senate staffers. Of the 336 top Senate staffers, our analysis finds evidence of only 24 staffers of color (12 Asian-Americans, 7 Latinos, 3 African-Americans, and 2 Native-Americans). African-Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, but only 0.9 percent of top Senate staffers and Latinos make up over 16 percent of the U.S. population, but only 2.1 percent of top Senate staffers.
• African-Americans represent from 17 to almost 38 percent of the population in ten states (Ala., Del., Ga., La., Md., Miss., N.C., S.C., Tenn., and Va.), yet hold only 1.7 percent of the total top staff positions in the U.S. Senate offices of these states (one position in S.C.).
• Top Democratic Senate staff members are much less diverse than the Democratic voting base. While those who self-identified as Democrats nationwide were 22 percent African-American and 13 percent Latino, top Democratic U.S. Senate staff as a group is 0.7 percent African-American and 2.0 percent Latino. There is no African-American chief of staff, legislative director, or communications director in the Washington, D.C. personal office of any Democratic Senator, according to the Joint Center’s 2015 study.
According to table 3 of this same report, “While people of color make up approximately 37 percent of those who identify as Democrats, they account for 8.1 percent of top Democratic Senate staff. In comparison, people of color make up 9 percent of those who identify as Republicans and 6.7 percent of top Republican Senate staff, the Republicans’ percentage of key staffers of color is closer to the share of their party’s voters who are people of color.”
In other words, a far left, radical Democratic group, The Joint Center, admits that the Republican Party has more diversity among their Senate staffers than their Democratic counterparts as a percentage of their makeup in their respective parties.
Why has the mainstream media not reported on this fact? They report on the fact the Democrats have little to no diversity on Senate staffs, but they never take the next step and say that the Republicans are doing a far better job than the Democrats, because to do so would undercut the liberals constant argument that Republicans are racist.
So, if the Republicans are racist, as Democrats constantly allege, what does that make the Democrats? One of their own radical liberal think tanks has now provided empirical data that shows Republicans are more diverse.
Isn’t it amazing that the only U.S. Senator that has a Black chief of staff is South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, who is Black. New Jersey Senator, Corey Booker, the only other Black Senator, doesn’t think enough of his own community to hire a Black for this position, but yet he constantly lectures others about the lack of diversity. How ironic!
So, to all my Black Democratic friends, why do you continue to work for a party that doesn’t reward your loyalty?
Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit www.bafbf.org. You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.