Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: "I don't need your people"

Diversity Framed as 'Not Good Enough' to Earn on Merit by Ohio Gov

From Jennifer Epstein's Politico story:
An Ohio lawmaker is accusing the state’s new governor of saying he doesn’t “need” African-Americans.
“I don’t need your people,” state Sen. Nina Turner said Republican Gov. John Kasich told her when she offered her help in building a racially diverse cabinet. All 22 of Kasich’s appointees since he took office Jan. 10 have been white, and only five are female.
Turner, who is black and a Democrat, said on Thursday that she was “kind of perplexed” by Kasich’s comment. “ I wasn’t quite sure whether or not he was referring to my ethnic group people or ‘my people’ as in the 350,000 constituents I serve in this state that represent all ethnic groups, all religious groups,” she said. “I didn’t understand what ‘I’m not going to hire your people’ means.”

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