Only In Biden's America: State Department's Announces New Promotion Criteria, Wait For It...

By Jennifer Wentworth | Saturday, 13 April 2024 01:45 AM
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In a move that has sparked controversy, the U.S. State Department has introduced a policy that ties an employee's eligibility for promotions and higher pay to their ability to pass a test on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

This policy change follows an executive order issued by President Biden.

Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Malta under President Obama, was appointed as the State Department's chief diversity and inclusion officer in April 2021. She held this position until June 2023.

Abercrombie-Winstanley revealed that under President Biden, the State Department has adopted a policy that requires employees to provide documented proof of their active involvement in DEI practices to be considered for promotion.

"We made the change that if you wanted to be considered for promotion at the Department of State, you must be able to document what you are doing to support diversity, equity, and inclusion and accessibility. This is how you are judged for promotion," Abercrombie-Winstanley stated at a City Club Forum event in April 2023. "So that means my allies who are not female or minority are also interested in being able to show 'I'm doing good work on this.'"

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When asked for further comment, Abercrombie-Winstanley told Fox News Digital, "America needs her best. The Department wants leaders who can develop top talent among all Americans, whatever our background. Not just those who share our life experiences."

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The topic of Abercrombie-Winstanley's speech at the City Club Forum event was the Biden administration's "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026."

The State Department, in an announcement about the plan, stated it was working on "Establishing the advancement of [DEI] as an element for all employees as part of their job performance criteria, career advancement opportunities, and senior performance pay."

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The plan impacts all levels of the State Department, both domestically and internationally.

"We will ensure that the Department of State is a leader in government-wide efforts to advance DEIA goals for the federal workforce. In doing that, we will also be able to ensure that the Department itself is in the strongest possible position to deliver for the U.S. people," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said about the plan at the time.

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The State Department declined to comment further on the DEI plan.

The strategic plan was developed under Biden's June 2021 "Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce."

The executive order "reinvigorate[d]… the approach… first established in the Obama-Biden Administration" and directed all federal agencies to "establish or elevate Chief Diversity Officers," among other priorities.

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The order also led to the creation of senior DEI positions, such as the one previously held by Abercrombie-Winstanley and now occupied by Zakiya Carr Johnson, the new State Department diversity chief.

Carr Johnson has attracted attention for her past remarks criticizing America as a "failed historical model."

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"[W]e've literally got to be about the work of dismantling that traditional structure at every juncture," she said in 2020.

The State Department expressed "high confidence" in Carr Johnson's ability to lead after her statements were revealed Wednesday.

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Another diversity chief appointed under Biden who stirred controversy over comments on White people, Kelisa Wing, had her DEI unit in the Pentagon disbanded after congressional outrage over her posts.

She wrote in June 2020, "I'm exhausted with these white folx in these [professional development] sessions."

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Wing also said she needed a break from "White nonsense."

On another occasion, Wing responded to a user who said, "I am exhausted by 99% of the white men in education and 95% of the white women. Where can I get a break from White nonsense for a while?"

Wing also co-created children's books that said that White people must confess their privilege and were de facto hurting Black people by being benefactors of unearned advantages.

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