What Trump’s whiter, less academic Cabinet says about race and class in America
“Rarely will we find an example of an uncredentialed black person in an elite position,” said Darrick Hamilton, an economist at The New School in New York and associate director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. “That black person is usually certainly qualified, if not overqualified, with regard to their education.”
"If a black American gets additional education, the extra degrees could improve his position relative to other blacks, but he cannot expect to close the wealth gap or unemployment gap with most white Americans," said William “Sandy” Darity, a professor of public policy, African and African American studies, and economics and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University.
“If you think about Cabinet positions as another facet of attaining a job, then we are seeing the same kind of discriminatory mechanisms operating there as well,” Darity said. “For black appointees to get into the mix, they have to have the highest level of credentials, and that is not the case for white appointees.”