Published January 18, 2023
The California State Water Resources Control Board has published its “2023-2025 Racial Equity Action Plan.” Couched in ideological euphemisms such as “equitable outcomes,” “institutional racism,” and “racial injustice,” this new plan by the State Water Board is the latest example of politicization and racialization of public policies.
Couched in ideological euphemisms such as "equitable outcomes," "institutional racism," and "racial injustice," this new plan by the State Water Board is the latest example of politicization and racialization of public policies.
Targeting "Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities" as the main stakeholder considered, the action plan spells out strategic directions and specific goals so that "a racial equity lens is consistently applied to Water Board's decision-making processes."
In addition to concrete steps to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) trainings into the state agency, the plan also sets goals and metrics to ensure that "Water Board employees at all organizational levels reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of California." This is nothing short of unconstitutional racial balancing!
David, the California State Water Board is wasting taxpayer money and public resources on blatant race-based trainings and policies. Besides, there is little empirical evidence supporting the efficacy of DEI training.
In fact, even the New York Times is now running articles like this one to critique diversity trainings. After documenting the American DEI industry as a "$3.4 billion" market, the author argues that mandatory DEI trainings "may well have a net-negative effect on the outcomes managers claim to care about." Rather than helping the organization solve specific problems, many popular DEI programs, such as implicit bias trainings emphasized in the California Water Board plan, futilely seek "a revolutionary re-understanding of race relations" and create heightened legal risks.
The California State Board is meeting today (January 18) and tomorrow (January 19) at 9:30 am on each day. I encourage you to attend the meeting on either day and give a public comment in opposition to the "Racial Equity Action Plan," (Agenda Item 4).
You can participate in the following ways:
Thank you in advance for taking action to oppose the race-based public policies and support equal treatment for all!
About Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER):We are a non-partisan and non-profit organization established following the defeat of Proposition 16 in 2020, with a mission to defend and raise public awareness on the cause of equal rights through public education, civic engagement and community outreach. In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to amend its constitution by passing Proposition 209 to ban racial discrimination and preferences. Prop. 209 requires that “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” CFER is dedicated to educating the public on this important constitutional principle of equal treatment.