President Barack Obama's new "diversity czar" at the Federal Communications Commission is coming under fire for saying that white executives should step down to make room for minorities.
FCC czar Mark Lloyd made the remarks while working at the Liberal Center for American Progress.
"Unless we are conscious of the need to have more people of color, gays, other people in those positions, we will not change the problem," The Washington Times reported Lloyd as saying. "But we're in a position where you have to say who is going to step down so someone else can have power."
Lloyd also said such decisions would be difficult because there are "truly good people" now holding these positions.
He has also been scrutinized for praising anti-American leader Hugo Chavez in 2008, calling the Venezuelan revolution "incredible."
Lloyd told The Washington Times last week week that his remarks about Chavez were taken out of context.
"The point I was trying to make was that there was dramatic social change in places like Rwanda and Venezuela and that media played an important part in that," he said. "I am not a Chavez supporter. I do not support any political leader other than the president of the United States."
"I do believe all Americans would benefit from more opportunities to participate in media and that the answer to ugly speech is not censorship, but more speech," he added.