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Black Ohio lawmakers urge Kasich to hire minorities

Published: Thu, January 27, 2011 @ 2:10 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Black state lawmakers are demanding Ohio Gov. John Kasich appoint minorities to his cabinet — even if it means getting rid of some of his current picks.

The members appointed to Kasich’s cabinet so far are all white.

Kasich has said he’s assembling a strong cabinet without regard for race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus says the GOP-led Senate should refuse to confirm his cabinet members until Kasich picks minority candidates for the jobs.

The group has set up an e-mail address for minority candidates to send in resumes for state jobs. They say they’ve also requested a meeting with the governor.

Kasich has previously met with some of the caucus’ members. A message seeking comment was left with his spokesman.


1Traveler(606 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Black state lawmakers are demanding Ohio Gov. John Kasich appoint minorities to his cabinet — even if it means getting rid of some of his current picks.

How is that not racist that you demand that someone lose there job to some one else since they dont have the right skin color?

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2Wapiti(139 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Kasich's choices are just fine the way they are. There's absolutely no need to make any changes. Leave it to some people to play the same old card from their deck.

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3BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Why is there this presumption that if a black person is hired he or she is automatically less qualified than a white counterpart? That is just ridiculous and shows the base racism of most posters on this board.

Secondly, no one said hire some incompetent black person. The request is to hire competent minorities in numbers comparable to the percentage of blacks living in the state. For Kasich to say he cannot find such minorities is an outright lie.

Thirdly, dodge2002 please stop showing your apparent wealth of ignorance. If you bothered to do any research you would see that there are more whites on welfare than blacks and the numbers are growing for both races. The bigger question is what does that have to do with this topic...

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4redvert(2165 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

We will probably see the ACLU involved in this also. It would only be racism if a black lost his/her job in order to hire a white. What you are seeing here is a example of realism. Reverse discrimination is okay I guess!!!

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5bodank35(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Most reasonable black people don't feel this way. Most of us want a qualified person to be placed in the proper position where they can do the most good.

Unfortunately a small minority of blowhards who make their living (or keep their name in the public space) by bringing up these sort of issues. If the NAACP is fighting REAL instances of racism and inequality and can prove someone has been passed over on account of their race, then I'm all for it, but this is just exploitation.

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6ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Race issues? Booooorrrrinnngggg

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7georgejeanie(1052 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

How about this for a quota system? Find out the % of blacks who voted for Kasich and then hire that %. Ill bet that would not like that quota system.

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8DJ0(72 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

...how about, instead, he be fair and do the state a favor. Hire the best qualified for the positions, regardless of their color. This pc crap is partly to blame for the sorry state of our nation today!! Cream will rise to the top if given a fair chance. "Excellence is its own best reward"... Oprah Winfrey.

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9MFC997(255 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

What if the ( white, red, yellow, brown ) guy is more qualified than the black dude ??? ... that is reverse racism, also know as affirmative action ...

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10Silence_Dogood(1503 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Does the same logic you have stated apply to the NFL and NBA also.Should we insure that Brain Surgeon's are hired based on a quota system(there would be a lot of unemployed Asian Doctors if that is the case). Lets us not forget about the Native Americans they deserve a quota slot also dont you think.
It is a dream world that you live in if you think that the GOP party leaders are going to listen to the Black Leaders of the Democratic party after all they are a very small groop that happens to be in the opposition party, namly the Democrats.

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