I can’t imagine why the rest of the world thinks we’re a joke.
Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a 30-year diplomat, is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Department of State.
What exactly is she an ambassador to?
She left the foreign service during the Trump administration because she was disillusioned with its direction.
“It has always been a struggle for minorities and women to reach our full potential in the white-male-dominated world of diplomacy,” she wrote of her decision in The New York Times. “The State Department has long struggled to reflect ‘looking like America’ among our senior officer corps, and under this president the refusal to utilize the talent, experience and passion of so many people dedicated to serving our nation was heartbreaking.”
As long as it’s not the talent of the pale male people.
A more diverse US State Department is taking on its ‘male, pale, and Yale’ legacy – The Atlantic Council
“I have often argued that we are not inherently better at the job, but that we are prepared. Because as women, as minorities in this country, we have always started in a position of not being in power,” Abercrombie-Winstanley told Rama Yade, the senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center (and a trailblazing Black diplomat in her own right in France). “We have to make friends. We have to be able to convince people to support our positions. Those basic qualities, frankly, make for better diplomacy.”
She noted that while lower and mid-level positions are often more diverse than they have been in the past, it’s a different story for senior-level posts. “Our workforce notices the extreme lack of diversity in our senior positions—whether it is parity or diversity—and that the process of getting to these positions is very opaque.”
While she laid out the monetary and moral case for diversity and inclusion initiatives, Abercrombie-Winstanley compared her diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility reforms to taking action on cybersecurity: “We may not love it, but we do it. So I don’t mind what’s in your heart, what’s in your head—it’s what you do.”
Or else. But shouldn’t this somehow benefit our national interests?
She argues that having women and minorities in top diplomatic posts is more important than ever in a time when being the world’s “8,000 pound gorilla” isn’t enough for the United States to secure cooperation from other nations.
At her appointment speech, Secretary of State Blinken rambled about the importance of diversity.
Because we’re operating in a diverse world, and America’s diversity is a source of strength that few countries can match, when we fail to build a team that reflects America, it’s like we’re engaging the world with one arm tied behind our back.
And as President Biden has made clear, prioritizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility is also a national security imperative.
We’ve got our work cut out for us.
The State Department simply isn’t as diverse and inclusive as it needs to be.
When we focus on diversity over national interests, it’s like we’re trying to run a relay race with our hands and feet tied behind our backs while a giant iron weight is sitting on us.
Today, we’re taking an important step in that direction by naming Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley as our chief diversity and inclusion officer – the first in the department’s history.
I couldn’t be happier about having Gina join our team.
The CDIO will report directly to me.
She’ll be empowered to develop a robust framework for fostering diversity and inclusion in our workforce.
She’ll also be entrusted with aligning and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts across the department.
And she’ll do it transparently, in a way that holds all of us accountable – including senior leadership, including me – which hasn’t happened in the past.
Diversity bosses are essentially Soviet-style political commissars with authority over senior leadership because dogma matters more than competence.
At least Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley is eminently qualified to destroy the planet.
She also is co-author of two papers published in the New York Review of Science Fiction on “Diplomacy in Star Trek” and “The Representation of Disability in Star Trek,” and says she continues to follow those issues “with all the new iterations of Star Trek.”
No wonder the world thinks we’re a joke.
Algorithmic Analyst says
omg, like diplomacy is a skill that can be tested like arithmetical skill.
Got me thinking back about the history of diplomatic blunders, one of my pet interests. Hardly any good diplomats came to my mind so far. The was Queen Elizabeth (Tudor) up to a certain point (say the defeat of the Spanish Armada). After that, not such a good record. George Kennan, who formulated the “Containment” strategy, though the way it was implemented in practice was different than his intention. Wellington, great strategist who managed to ruin Napoleon (not just at Waterloo, but in Spain.)
Algorithmic Analyst says
I can see now that my comment was too obscure to be understood, as is often the case. What I meant was, most diplomats turn out to be bad, while she is giving arguments why her kind is good. The proof is in the pudding, when they get to the top and start screwing things up royally.
DENNIS J CAMPBELL says
The proof of what is in what p;udding?
Algorithmic Analyst says
the value, quality, or truth of something must be judged based on direct experience with it—or on its results.
R Finley says
The pudding between your ears.
Ugly Sid says
Have these people been tested for brain worms?
These people have zero self awareness, just astonishing. This is the result of dei over meritocracy and the result is we are a laughingstock around the world. Disgusting.
Just look at the :”Doctor” and Blinken kissing up to a transgender (Built like a running back)
to celebrate “Women;’s day.”
Blinken has lost what little credibility he had on the international stage.
He is now the punch line of a bad joke.
The “Doctor?” Should be charged with elder abuse.
They are not interested in black conservatives. They just want to be able to choose their guys. Also if they create the barriers to entry, they can get their own guys through and squeeze a new power out of the system.
Jeopardy question of the day, who is Condoleezza Rice?
Pushing into positions of power those who couldn’t achieve this themselves because of their low IQ and zero work ethics.
How is that working out so far?
“…t’s a different story for senior-level posts..”
That’s because senior level diplomatic posts are doled out to political supporters. Qualifications has nothing to do with it. If she can bundle a few million $$s of campaign contributions, she can buy herself a Sr. level posting just like the rest of them.
Blackattude and attack are destroying our country and we’re all allowing it.
Una Salus says
Even an 8000 pound gorilla gets the sniffles sometimes so she’s basically right.
Una Salus says
Sorry Blinken, that was.
Dogma becomes organisational power which is why you’ll never dislodge them as in the corporate world.
She probably believes that basing anything on merit is racist.
Sword of the Spirit says
More immoral blithering idiots.
And until the end of the article I thought the Star Trek reference was related to her hairdo.
Or maybe it is.
My American family lived in Kenya when I was a kid, during which the white American ambassador was switched with a black American ambassador, the idea obviously being that the (black African) Kenyan government would like it. Turns out the Kenyan government felt disrespected.
How ill Jim Gaffigan (aka Pale Force) respond?
Billy Jay says
The insanity continues…..
More often than not, the “complainers ” are women.
Women complain? Who knew. /s
Over It says
We the people need to quit consenting to being governed by such fools, and offensively resist by any and all means available before these idiots destroy the world. That includes resistance to ant entity that protects these clowns, and enforces their policies.
Over It says
This is insanity, and we are weak. We the people have to stop consenting to being ruled by these people, left OR right, and actively resist them, and all who support or enforce their policies. Preferably BEFORE they destroy the world..
is “pale male” code for Faggot?
Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley. Interesting. They don’t get any more Anglo-Saxon than that. And her skin color … well, I should probably be polite and not say anything more.
Spurwing Plover says
The Democrats founded t he KKK started the Civil War Assinated Lincoln(A Republican)opposed the Civil Rights and it was Democrat(Bull Conner)who turned Fire hoses ad Police Dogs on the Blacks