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DID YOU SEE THIS: House Democrats Discuss Efforts to Combat Attacks on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Democrats, led by Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Steven Horsford, convened this week for the 2024 Issues Conference to address recent assaults on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. The conference, chaired by Pete Aguilar, saw representatives from various caucuses, including the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chaired by Representative Judy Chu and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus chaired by Representative Nanette Barragán, come together to push back against challenges to DE&I following last summer's Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action.


Since the ruling, conservative attorneys general have targeted DE&I efforts, threatening legal action against Fortune 500 companies. Figures like Ed Blum, Stephen Miller, and American First Legal have spearheaded misleading anti-DE&I campaigns, extending their attacks to organizations like the Fearless Fund, a venture capital firm supporting Black women-owned businesses.


Legal challenges have also surfaced against programs like the Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development program, endangering billions in government contracts for historically disadvantaged groups. Additionally, Senator Tom Cotton and 13 Republican attorneys general have questioned the legality of DE&I initiatives, alleging discrimination.


Despite corporate pledges totaling over $50 billion towards racial equity post-George Floyd's murder, DE&I initiatives face unwarranted scrutiny. Research from institutions like McKinsey underscores the business benefits of diversity, with diverse companies being 39% more likely to outperform peers.


The CBC has been vocal in defending DE&I, embarking on initiatives like the Democracy for the People tour and issuing corporate accountability letters to Fortune 500 companies. Their recent engagement with corporate leaders aims to assess and strengthen commitments to racial equity.


Chairman Horsford emphasizes collaboration with corporate America while vowing to confront anti-DE&I forces. The CBC remains resolute in its mission to uphold equity and thwart attempts to undermine DE&I progress, promising continued updates on their efforts.

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