by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Democrats want to subject tech companies to mandatory “racial equity audits” conducted by their political allies, a move which could cement the party’s control of Silicon Valley.
A small group of organizations with close ties to Democratic politicians and progressive donors conducts the majority of these audits, which advocates say are needed to promote racial justice. But in practice, equity auditors often push companies to hire more left-wing activists and former Democratic party officials, often from the auditing organizations themselves. The audits also call for the abolition of standards of “merit” and the ability for a special executive to veto any company project.
Racial equity audits are the chief service offered by “diversity, equity, and inclusion” consultants, a cottage industry connected by a revolving door of Democratic staffers and funded by liberal donors. Equity auditors have made a killing from school districts that pay handsomely for consultants to revamp curricula, the Washington Free Beacon has reported. Now, racial equity auditors are setting their sights on corporate America.
Democratic officials have called for audits of major companies. One proposal from House Democrats would fine companies $20,000 a day for not completing biennial, independent “racial equity audits.” In June, five Democratic senators called on Google parent company Alphabet to conduct an audit. The Democratic letter cited Color of Change, a left-wing nonprofit pushing for audits.
Last week, Color of Change president Rashad Robinson was invited to testify to Congress and called for “independent auditors” to vet new products from tech companies before they’re released. Robinson did not mention that the “independent auditors” are closely affiliated with Color of Change.
In that hearing, Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said Alphabet should “work with civil rights groups who have developed a framework to guide tech companies on how to conduct racial equity audits.”