'Corporate diversity' law ripped for prioritizing skin color, sexual orientation

Friday, October 2, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

black businessman in suitA corporate watchdog finds it offensive – and moreover, unconstitutional – that the Democratic governor of California has signed legislation requiring corporations based in the state to have racial or sexual minorities on their boards.

The bill signed into law Wednesday by Governor Gavin Newsom requires that by the end of 2021, the more than 660 public corporations with headquarters in the Golden State must have at least one board member from an "underrepresented community." According to The Associated Press, those who qualify would self-identify as black, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native, or as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

"The measure requires at least two such directors by the end of 2022 on boards with four to nine directors," reports AP. "Three directors are required for boards with nine or more directors. Firms that don't comply would face fines of $100,00 for first violations and $300,000 for repeated violations."

Justin Danhof of the National Center for Public Policy Research criticizes Newsom for taking into account "only what [people] look like on the outside or who they engage in sexual activity with" and ignoring more critical characteristics in the corporate world.

Danhof

"What [the governor] is saying is that black people think differently because of the color of their skin," Danhof tells OneNewsNow. "The same with Asian people, Native Americans, Alaskan natives … that basically their skin color is what makes them who they are, not their upbringing, their belief structure, their spirituality, their faith, their education – none of those things mean anything [under this law]."

When it comes to his concerns about the constitutionality of the law, Danhof points out it is illegal for an employer to ask an individual's sexual orientation.

"I don't care if you're the janitor or the CEO, you can't ask someone their sexual orientation in the workplace," he explains. "So, it's illegal for that aspect, and it's unconstitutional on its face to set up this diversity quota for boards."

Greg Burt of California Family Council argues that with the law, the state is fighting bias with more bias. "This is only going to cause conflict and more racial discord among people," he warns. "It's really sad. Now we're going to be forced to favor someone [for employment] based on the particular group they belong to." 

Burt points out that people come to the United States from nations where one can only succeed if they are part of a ruling class or a particular clan – and "just giving up on trying not to be biased," as he suggests the law is doing, isn't a solution. 

"This law is saying [essentially that] everybody is biased and now we're going to not judge [them] on merit anymore. "[Instead] we're going to make sure each subgroup – however many subgroups they divide us into – is equally represented on every corporate board.'"

According to AP, lawsuits are expected from conservative groups that view it as a discriminatory quota.


10/5/2020 - Greg Burt's comments added.

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