Biden Official Expertly Refutes White Guy In Congress Who Asked If He’s White

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During a recent hearing of a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chairman Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) put Biden administration official Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley on the rhetorical spot over the federal efforts, for which she is partly responsible, to encourage diversity in the federal hiring process.

Mast characterized it as “un-American” to prioritize diversity in national security roles in the State Department and the military.

After some opening questions that were slanted in overtly ridiculous terms and clearly just meant to support his contention that diversity didn’t even really matter, Mast — who appears to be, in fact, white (in very general terms) — asked, “Am I white?” “I would allow you to tell me how you characterize yourself,” Abercrombie-Winstanley replied, adeptly handling the Republican’s bizarre queries. Mast was really committed to the bit and subsequently insisted: “You can’t know without asking, without asking somebody to disclose what they are. And we can’t ask what somebody is, and it shouldn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter that I’m half-Mexican. It shouldn’t matter whether I’m able-bodied or ambulatory or not ambulatory.”

“White” is often understood to include both Caucasian people and those with other backgrounds who look the part. Some people with Hispanic backgrounds can be known as white. “I would say the best for the particular job can look like any one of us,” Abercrombie-Winstanley added in Congress, after Mast asked what the “best” would even look like. “And that is the American way. That’s what we support.”

In other words — no, Brian, efforts at diversity, equity, and inclusion don’t hide some kind of rabidly anti-American sentiment opposed to generally equal opportunity. It shouldn’t be this difficult. It’s an illusion that the world is purely merit-based anyway, even in Mast’s ideal scenarios. People in many actually real-world cases don’t have equality of opportunity, no matter their merit or, to be more specific, relevant skill. And in that diversity, there is a chance to have a broader foundation of experience on which to make critical decisions, meaning that in some regards there actually is a very direct, tangible benefit to promoting what is known as diversity, equity, and inclusion, about which Republicans have been furious.

Watch the full hearing below: