Report: California has Spent Over $500 Million on ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ Initiatives

A conservative nonprofit released a report summarizing their findings on California’s spending in favor of so-called “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) initiatives, which focus on forcing liberal indoctrination about race into various public institutions.

According to Fox News, the Center for Organizational Research and Education (CORE) declared DEI initiatives to be California’s “next billion-dollar industry.”

“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is becoming California’s newest billion-dollar industry—on the taxpayer’s dime,” said Will Coggin, a lead researcher with CORE. “It’s everywhere from kindergarten classrooms to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.”

Coggin was referencing part of the report which focused on California’s Fish and Wildlife Department, where up to $50,000 was spent on “racial equity” training for all employees of the department. In a similar example, California’s Conservation Department spent at least $9,000 on copies of Ibram Kendi’s infamous book, “How to Be an Antiracist.”

“Instead of effectively addressing issues like housing, crime, or homelessness, California officials have chosen to line the pockets of well-connected diversity consultants,” Coggin explained. The report expanded on the role of secrecy in such spending, noting that California’s “public institutions seized the opportunity to expand their budgets and implement ultraprogressive policies often without public awareness.”

“This analysis summarizes the results of nearly 400 California Public Records Act requests sent to state and local governments, as well as higher education institutions and K-12 school districts,” CORE’s report continues. “The results are unmistakable: spending related to DEI and critical race theory-framed activities is a vast and growing component of taxpayer-funded spending at all levels of California government.”

Of these 400 requests made by CORE, responses were received from the state for only half of them. Just from these responses alone, the group was able to determine the price tag of nearly half a billion dollars on such forced diversity programs. The data included in the report featured “a majority of responses encapsulating FY2020 through FY2022.”

“This report provides cautious estimates of DEI-relevant spending and accounts for the proportion of outstanding requests for records,” the report concluded. “This data indicates that so-called ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ is easily worth $1 billion in Golden State spending.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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