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Diversity boss: Whites must 'step down'
Posted By Chelsea Schilling On 09/23/2009 @ 4:34 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
FCC diversity ‘czar’ Mark Lloyd
With former Obama green jobs czar Van Jones gone, along with his views about whites directing poisons to minorities, focus is now shifting to race-based views of “diversity czar” Mark Lloyd, who has suggested “white people” step down from positions of power to allow “more people of color, gays” and “other people” to take those positions.
Lloyd, the Federal Communications Commission chief diversity officer appointed to the newly created position by President Obama in early August, has talked about issues such as a 100-percent tax on broadcast outlets to collect money to provide alternative viewpoints, mandatory diversity in station ownership and the idea of requiring broadcast businesses to cater to the demands of local activism committees.
Prior to his recent appointment, Lloyd was vice president for strategic initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. He was also a senior fellow at the George-Soros-funded Center for American Progress and has worked as a reporter and producer at NBC and CNN.
At a May 2005 Conference on Media Reform, Lloyd appeared as a speaker in a discussion on why media policy should be considered from a “racial angle.”
First, he addressed affirmative action policies:
“During the Clinton administration, largely because of Congress, who was then very concerned about affirmative action and believed that – although affirmative action largely benefited white women – that affirmative action was largely viewed as something that was benefiting blacks – not necessarily any of the other racial groups [chuckle] but by blacks. And that blacks had gotten enough and it was time to do something about this. These affirmative-action programs needed to be stopped. We have not made much improvement since we had begun to pull back from those things in the mid-1990s.”
Lloyd also spoke about the challenge of communication in “rooms full of whites.”
The conversation about how we communicate with each other despite being aware of the clear impressions that I know that I make in rooms that I walk into, when people hear my voice, is a challenge. How much do I express the … I think really pretty obvious complaints of black Americans in rooms full of whites.
He later spoke about his concerns about whites occupying important leadership positions:
“There’s nothing more difficult than this. Because we have really, truly good white people in important positions,” Lloyd said. “And the fact of the matter is that there are a limited number of those positions. And unless we are conscious of the need to have more people of color, gays, other people in those positions we will not change the problem.”
He continued, “We’re in a position where you have to say who is going to step down so someone else can have power.”
The following is an audio recording of his statements:
Lloyd has pushed for reinstatement of the “Fairness Doctrine” and, according to the Washington Times, “spoken publicly of getting white media executives to ‘step down’ in favor of minorities” and prescribed policies to make liberal talk radio more successful.
Lloyd’s comments also sparked controversy when he praised Chavez during a June 2008 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, saying the Venezuelan president had led “really an incredible revolution – a democratic revolution.”
The following is a video of that comment:
Chavez kicked the nation’s oldest television network, RCTV, off the air in 2007 by refusing to renew its license, the Washington Times reported. He replaced it with a state-run station that aired cartoons and old movies while protesters marched in the streets. Chavez has also indicated that he may try to close down Globovision, a TV station that has criticized him.
In addition to his comments at the May 2005 Conference on Media Reform about affirmative action and rooms “full of whites,” Lloyd also told the crowd, “There are few things I think more frightening in the American mind than dark-skinned black men.
“Here I am,” he said.
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