White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice said in a speech Wednesday that national security agencies are too “white, male and Yale.”
Rice, who is herself black, delivered a speech at Florida International University, in which she argued these agencies should better reflect the diversity present in America, The Washington Times reports.
For Rice, the problem with having too many white males is that a sort of “groupthink” environment is fostered. Through bringing in racial minorities, this groupthink can be shattered.
“By now, we should all know the dangers of ‘groupthink,’ where folks who are alike often think alike,” Rice 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.”