In the debate over Kwanzaagate, many students have been asking just what can a degree in black studies get you? The answer, apparently, is a job in the White House. That, of course, should terrify people on the Right and Left.
When President Obama said that he would be a president for all Americans, what he meant to say was that if you're a far leftist, union-backer, or "person of color," you're more than welcome in my administration.
Enter Rhonda M. Carter, CMC '2002, and formerly, Executive Assistant to the Deputy White House Counsel.
Ms. Carter graduated from Claremont McKenna, in 2002. Her thesis is in Black Studies. The title of her thesis "Blacks in the United States, Reparations, and the Search for Healing." She wrote it with two very radical black studies professors at Pomona College.
Ms. Butts, her boss, is a long time friend of Barack Obama and was part of his presidential transition team, who left after Obama appointed her to work at the Millennium Development Corporation under another CMCer, Daniel Yohannes. In Butts' previous capacity, she helped pick the czars. There's no doubt that Ms. Butts is radical. She was the Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy at the far left think tank, Center for American Progress.
At Center for American Progress, Butts met Ms. Carter. (I'm trying to find out whether or not Butts hired Carter there.)
Carter is clearly underqualified for a political office. (She began her career at the University of Washington in Seattle where she was the head of a minority services outreach program, but hey, she apparently was one of the Appartment RAs back in 2001-2002 so you know she's good with chaos....)
Could it be that her thesis was the reason that she was hired for a job as prestigious as the White House? And what does it say about Ms. Butts that her executive assistant harbors some pretty extreme views?
I think it's clear that the radicalism of the Obama administration goes all the way down to the rank and file.