An August 19 Washington Times editorial titled, "Obama: Whites need not apply," claimed that an executive order recently released by President Obama "Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce" "will intensify programs that discriminate against white Americans." The Times further claimed that the federal workforce is already "a bit too diverse." From the Times:
The White House issued an executive order on Thursday titled "Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce." The purpose of the order is "to promote the federal workplace as a model of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion." In other words, it would be better for the government if public-spirited white workers sought employment elsewhere.
The executive order says the federal government "must create a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility and fairness to enable individuals to participate to their full potential." In the name of "fairness," however, the government will intensify programs that discriminate against white Americans by extending special privileges to everyone else. The order also says that "attaining a diverse, qualified workforce is one of the cornerstones of the merit-based civil service," though merit and ability are not the metrics of choice when measuring success in diversity-driven career programs.
Compared to the general U.S. population, the federal force is a bit too diverse. Blacks are overrepresented by 6.9 percent compared to the civilian work force, Asians and Pacific Islanders by 1.2 percent, and American Indians are more than double their proportion of the population at large. White Americans, who make up about 70 percent of the work force, are underrepresented by around 4 percent. Hispanics are also underrepresented despite the Clinton-era executive order 13171, "Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government."