Perspective | Only 5 percent of Senate staffers are black. Congress needs the ‘Rooney Rule.’


Perspective | Only 5 percent of Senate staffers are black. Congress needs the ‘Rooney Rule.’

The U.S. Capitol (AP/Susan Walsh)In July, the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile just a day apart were a watershed moment in the community of black Capitol Hill staffers, including me. Despite the horror of what Americans saw on recorded video and live-streamed on Facebook, Congress did nothing. The indifference of members I otherwise respected disturbed me. Black staff in both houses and on both sides of the aisle felt powerless in their own offices. I know from conversations I had in the ensuing days that I wasn’t the only one who felt we couldn’ …

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