Commonwealth Policy Center

Karine Jean-Pierre made history when she became the first black woman to hold the position of White House press secretary for Pres. Biden. Charles Booker also made history in Kentucky when he became the first black person nominated for U.S. Senate in a Democratic primary. Both made significant accomplishments. And both are achieved not by airing bitter grievances but by applying themselves to the challenge. We hear a lot about systemic racism. But both Booker and Jean-Pierre demonstrate that with resolve, skill, and hard work, race isn’t the determining factor in success. It’s clear that racism can be overcome, and America is still the land of opportunity where people of every race and ethnicity can succeed at the highest levels.