U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Wednesday that there are too many white people in important national security posts.
Rice made the comments during her commencement address at Florida International University, saying that a lack of diversity in the those positions puts our country at risk, because they all think alike.
Referring to the criticism that the U.S. national security workforce is "white, male and Yale," Rice told the graduates, "In the halls of power, in the faces of our national security leaders, America is still not fully reflected."
"By now, we should all know the dangers of ‘groupthink,’ where folks who are alike often think alike,” she said. “By contrast, groups comprised of different people tend to question one another’s assumptions, draw on divergent perspectives and experiences, and yield better outcomes."
"Intelligence analysts, diplomats and military officers who are native speakers may pick up subtle nuances that might otherwise go unnoticed,” she said. “Diplomats who can read cultural cues may better navigate the political and social currents of a foreign nation. In sum, leaders from diverse backgrounds can often come up with more creative insights, proffer alternative solutions and thus make better decisions."
She said it's important to tap into America’s full range of races, religions, ethnicities, language skills, and social and economic experiences, or we have "one hand tied behind our back."
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