Is the GOP Targeting Obama's Black Staffers?
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue


Does the Republican party’s latest criticism of White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett represent a pattern of intentional attacks on President Barack Obama‘s black administration staffers?

One writer seems to think so. In an Op-ed for, Zerlina Maxwell says the GOP’s recent comments on Jarrett–calling her “Obama’s consigliere”–is not only a reference to the mafia but a pattern within the party, which has previously used similar criticisms with former African-American staffers Van Jones and Shirley Sherrod.

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Gerren Keith Gaynor (@MrGerrenalist) is a freelance journalist based in New York City. He has been published in the New York Times, ESSENCE magazine,, New York Amsterdam News, and Gaynor received his master degree in Journalism from Columbia University and his bachelor's in English from Morehouse College.