Washington, September 25: A senior Indian-American diplomat has quit the US State Department alleging racial and sexist bias in a Trump administration that involves the exclusion of minorities from top leadership positions. Uzra Zeya -- who worked at the State Department for nearly three decades resigned this year after she was he was "blocked" from several top jobs -- blasted her former employer in Politico, writing "Trump is making American diplomacy white again." Donald Trump's Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Goods Kicks in.
According to a Times of India report, it is only recently that she has started revealing details of her turmoil. According to her analysis, 64 per cent of Trump's ambassadorial nominees so far have been white non-Hispanic males, which is a 7 percent increase from the eight years of the Obama administration.
"We are extremely alarmed by the Trump administration's policy of remaining silent in international fora about racism and xenophobia and declining to condemn hate speech and incitement," six Democratic representatives wrote in a scathing letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
From September 2016 to June 2018, she said the share of African Americans in senior foreign service fell from 4.6 to 3.2 percent. In a similar vein, the steady upward trend of women ambassadors has reversed for the first time since the late 1990s.
(With additional inputs from agencies)