Still No Latinas in the Biden Cabinet…Why??

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Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. The 4th Latino in history to be honored by both a President of the United States and the Government of Mexico. See more about Dr Andrade below.

Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. The 4th Latino in history to be honored by both a President of the United States and the Government of Mexico. See more about Dr Andrade below.

By Juan Andrade Jr.

What’s up with the Biden-Harris Transition Team? As yet, no Latinas have been nominated for Cabinet or sub-Cabinet positions. Are Latinas even on the radar screen? Ten women have been nominated thus far, including two Blacks and a Native American, but not one Latina.

We need to make some noise! Que pasa? Black leaders of seven nationally prominent organizations have met with Biden to call for more Blacks in Cabinet and sub-Cabinet positions, and to demand greater investments in the Black community.

Recently, 1,000 Black women involved in politics, business, sports, entertainment, and the faith community signed an open letter to Biden and Harris, calling on Biden to appoint more Black women to Cabinet positions. Por Dios! Asi se hace.

Democratic presidential nominee and former US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and vice presidential running mate, US Senator Kamala Harris, arrive to conduct their first press conference together in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 12, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

Democratic presidential nominee and former US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and vice presidential running mate, US Senator Kamala Harris, arrive to conduct their first press conference together in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 12, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

The pressure from leaders of Black organizations, the Congressional Black Caucus and 1,000 Black women, was justified. Why? BVM, Black Votes Matter. Blacks are the third largest ethnic/racial population group and the third largest ethnic/racial voting group in America. Being third doesn’t bother Blacks. They’re going to be cashing in on their power.

So who is the second largest population group and the second largest voting group in America? Latinos! Pero que sirve si el pueblo no se oye y el poder no se siente? Frankly, it’s worse than that. Latinos are not getting the respect we deserve either. Why? There are lots of reasons possibly, but one for sure is that we “humbly ask for” and never “respectfully demand” anything.

Two Asian women have been named to Cabinet-rank positions, trade representative and office of budget and management. An Asian male was named surgeon general. In addition, leaders want two Cabinet secretary positions.

Only one Latina, Julie Rodriguez, has been appointed to a White House position (Director, Intergovernmental Affairs).

We need to let the Biden-Harris people know that we’re not settling for leftovers. They need to know what Latinas bring to the table. Latinas comprise the majority of 32 million eligible Latino voters. They control a $2.6 trillion Latino GDP, which accounts for 24% of the total U.S. GDP growth in 2020, and is the third fastest growing GDP in the world. They dominate the Latino business community that is growing at a rate three times faster than Black, white, or Asian businesses, male or female. More Latinas are registered to vote than men, turn out to vote more than men, and more Latinas voted for Biden-Harris than men.

This is what they’re overlooking, due to either ignorance, indifference, or both. Whatever the cause, we shouldn’t and must not stand for it. Two Latino groups, one including seven organizations and one consisting of 40+ organizations, have requested meetings with Biden and Harris. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has stepped up on behalf of certain individuals, but not for Latinas specifically. Surely there are 1,000 Latinas willing to sign on the dotted line to correct this disparate treatment. Two Latino men have been nominated to date. Latinas must be included in the Cabinet. Punto!


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About Dr Juan Andrade, Jr.

headshot Dr. Juan AndradeThe 4th Latino in history to be honored by both a President of the United States and the Government of Mexico. Has earned five degrees, received five honorary doctorates, and three distinguished alumnus awards. His 100+ recognitions include Chicagoan of the Year, Lifetime Achievement (four times), One of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America (five times), featured as Un Orgullo Hispano by Univision, and honored by most Hispanic magazines and national organizations.

The only Hispanic in history to be a commentator on English-language radio (WGN) and television (ABC), and newspaper columnist (Chicago Sun-Times). He helped promote democracy in 10 Central and South American countries during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Co-founded the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute in 1982.