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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion —Oh My! California Spent $500M on DEI Initiatives.

A Consumer Protection Non-Profit Calls It ‘California’s Next Billion-Dollar Industry.’

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President Biden has a saying that he likes to attribute to his father: “Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget—and I’ll tell you what you value.” Going by that logic, Governor Gavin Newsom’s California values racial equity training and diversity consultants.

To the tune of $500 million dollars.

“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is becoming California’s newest billion-dollar industry — on the taxpayer’s dime,” Center for Organizational Research and Education (CORE) lead researcher Will Coggin told Fox News Digital on Monday. “It’s everywhere from kindergarten classrooms to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.”

“Instead of effectively addressing issues like housing, crime or homelessness, California officials have chosen to line the pockets of well-connected diversity consultants,” he continued.

Crime has gotten so bad in California’s liberal bastions that San Francisco recalled woke DA Chesa Boudin for letting the entire city go to seed (you’ve likely seen the shoplifting sprees).

But it sounds like California still has some lessons to learn. According to a new CORE report on the Golden State, “public institutions seized the opportunity to expand their budgets and implement ultra-progressive policies often without public awareness.”

That sounds reckless and irresponsible. Go on.

“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,” the report reads. “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.”

So how bad does it get? How about state-Department-of-Fish-and-Wildlife bad: those folks received “$49,500 in contracts for ‘racial equity’ trainings and workshops for employees,” according to CORE. California’s High Speed Rail Authority spent $29K on a diversity task force.

The Rail Authority?!

The Department of Conservation, determined not to miss out on the woke fun, spent $9,000 on copies of Ibram X. Kendi’s critical race theory book, “How to Be an Antiracist.” These were handed out to staff, including oil and gas engineers in the Department’s Geologic Energy Management division.

It goes on and on —even the Department of Water Resources spent $400K on DEI goals.

“This was part of a budget of $854,000 for the Department’s Office of Workplace Equality in FY2020-21, which grew to over $906,000 the following year,” CORE wrote. “Within this budget was a full time ‘DEI staff person,’ who earned $163,639 in salary and benefits in FY2020-21 and $171,747 in the following year. The Department also conducted various antiracism training sessions totaling $53,000 over the two-year span.”

What’s more, policymakers know these initiatives are unpopular —just look at this quote from a California school district equity director Dr. Shawntanet Jara.

 “Push back is nothing new,” Jara says. “It’s loud but few… [L]ook at Org[anization] Change Theory: 20% resist, 20% wish you’d started five years ago, 60% just floating in the middle. I put my attention on the folks who were ready to move. There is a price to pay for that. But so be it. I have to sleep at night and need to know what I did was in service of children. My goal/job is not to change their minds. I’m clear on that and ready to articulate that to resisters. Doesn’t have to be argumentative. It’s just factual. We can disagree and still be ok.”

It’s perfectly reasonable to assume more than 50% of Californians don’t like what she is doing.

Or should we call them soon-to-be Floridians?