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MOBLEY: How Did We Get to Trump?

Enough is enough. Can you believe this President? We are here and what do we do about it? Back in 1978, the Civil Service Reform Act was passed. The act gave rise to federal agencies being required to adopt Affirmative Action Plans (AAP) to ensure they had equal employment opportunity programs designed to discourage workplace discrimination for most government agencies, which was also slated for the private sectors. I believe it also placed a lot of pressure on large businesses, especially for those companies with more than, let’s say 50 employees. Can each of us accept the way he respects minorities and women?

The fact that AAP’s meant that these organizations were required to provide annual reports on their retaining and recruiting minorities and females as the overall mandates. Therefore, many EEO or Diversity offices and organizations were established, annually for reporting purposes, nationwide to EEOC. From my point of view, since I was responsible for writing the first EEO Plans for the White House and the Executive Offices of the President (11 independent agencies), I think he has disrespected this office.

His actions created a major blow to the white male power structure in both the private and public sectors. During this period, more and more organizations began to provided diversity-related training to all their employees throughout the U.S. and abroad. These organizations had to set aside funds outside of their existing operations to deal with the diversity awareness initiative. This act was seen by many white managers as a “no need act” which caused many conflicts in both the private and public workplace. Many claim this was widespread misuse of government money, especially by white males. Many organizations, particularly those with more than 25 employees had to comply with these human rights rules and regulations and many, like Trump folks, were very angry that it was mandated that they not only had to comply, but also they had to hire staff to facilitate this training — annually.

It was obvious to me that, as a former White House staffer for over 16 years under four administrations, two of them Republican and two Democrat, I have been shown in-depth proof of why Trump is President today. Consider that 40 years ago we human rights folks were providing diversity training, representing employees that had filed discrimination charges and suits against senior management officials at both the private and public sectors again throughout the USA. Many were forced to file charges due to being treated unfairly based on sex, race, age and other qualities.

Just think: Trump faced many allegations of sexual misconduct, but he still was elected over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. I witnessed the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, and I am certain that he used the “long john silver” statements on many occasions in front of several of us while he was the Chairman of EEOC on many occasions. The problem was that many failed to testify out of fear of being subjected to retaliation by the Republican Party and others.

So here I am thinking that knowing that many of the Trump followers have never been a victim nor been treated disparately because of their race and or other factors relating to anti-discrimination laws. In fact, I have trained many (thousands) folks in this area about inclusion, equal employment opportunity and workplace harassment. During these episodes, I have experienced many negative responses from white males regarding the overall message regarding all employees. Moreover, the facts tell us that these are the folks (mostly from about nine states) who said they were tired of hearing anything about race relations and /or sexual harassment.

So, since the mid-1970’s, just after the post-MLK assassination riots and the Nixon Watergate scandal where, as a senior personnel specialist at the White House (the only black during this period), I was responsible for handling many of the interrogatories and questions leading up to Nixon’s resignation. William Hopkins, Esq., the chief administrator, and Ms. Jean Robb, the personnel office director, decided that I would be responsible for retrieving all of the data for the many inquiries we received from Congress and the news media regarding the break-in On reflection, I realized that, having access to that information, I was aware how politics worked throughout our nation.

This has not changed much because Trump has rekindled racial fears about both minorities and females in the workplace. As a result of many blacks and women being place in these extremely sensitive positions, I believe Trump and his followers to began to realize that their power weakened because diversity had become part of the decision-making process.

I believe most white males have lost their presumed power from over minorities and women.

They now must deal directly with the Obama folks without having power over them. This means from my point of view, there are no longer “masters over the plantations” in theory nor in practice. Hence, Trump and those other white males who have lost their voice.

At last, equality has raised its ugly head to the white man!

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