As John McCormick of the Weekly Standard blog points out, you just "can't make this up:"
Senior House Democrat John Conyers is demanding that Hillary Clinton demote Rajiv Shah, head of USAID, in which capacity he's leading U.S. relief efforts in Haiti.
Does Conyers think that Shah lacks competence to carry out the incredibly important task of saving lives? No. The Hill reports that Conyers is angry that Shah "showed up at a meeting with the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus without any African American staffers in tow."
Conyers writes in a letter to Clinton:
Dear Secretary Clinton:
As you know, the 42 member Congressional Black Caucus met with Rajiv Shah, the Administrator of the U.S. AID yesterday to discuss the crisis in Haiti. I was alarmed and chagrined to learn that none of the approximately dozen staff he brought with him were African American. This is so serious an error in judgement that it warrants his immediate demotion to a subordinate position at AID. It is well known that there has long been an under-representation of minorities in key positions within the State Department. I am confident this Administration will immediately begin addressing this problem.
I look forward to meeting with you on this matter.
John Conyers, Jr.
Member of Congress
Because what's important isn't saving lives, it's adhering to a race-based spoils system. It's not like there isn't "diversity" with an American of Indian ancestry Rajiv Shah heading up USAID. Nor is it likely that racism is playing a role in staffing. This is blatant race baiting on the part of Conyers - something he is an expert at.
Glad to see Conyers first concern is getting supplies to starving Haitians.
Hat Tip: Ed Lasky