Back in July, staffers on Capitol Hill began receiving emails from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; the purpose of these emails was to confirm their “racial and ethnic identity” —it was a racial census all in the name of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is a non-profit that is, not surprisingly, bankrolled by familiar lefties and election meddlers Mark Zuckerberg and Georg Soros.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, “the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ survey is part of a broader trend by left-wing organizations to pressure workplaces and governments to increase affirmative action policies. Often couched in promoting ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion,’ those policies have received criticism for coming at the expense of competence and offering advantages based on race instead of merit.”
“One key step to advance racial equity in our country is to ensure that members of Congress are advised by top staff who represent the diversity of our nation,” Spencer Overton, president of the Joint Center, said in a statement.
“These critical staff roles influence lawmaking, a multi-trillion dollar budget process, and the Senate confirmation process, and provide oversight of the work done by over 4.2 million federal employees. The perspectives and decisions of top congressional staff shape the lives of everyday Americans — especially those from communities of color.”
At least one congressional staffer was offended by the inquiry and told The Beacon that racial identification has nothing to do with the quality of her teams’ work.
“I don’t even read the emails they send,” the senior House staffer said. “They go straight into my trash folder.”
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies says it’s the nation’s premier “Black think tank” and wants to establish a “Bipartisan Diversity and Inclusion Office” on Capitol Hill.
“That office, according to previous reports released by the group, would ‘be staffed by professionals in expertise in diversity who support … identifying, recruiting, hiring, retaining, and promoting diverse talent,’” The Beacon reports.
In addition to Zuckerberg and Soros, the JCPES has some major corporate backing, including Amazon, Apple, Comcast NBC Universal, and Google. Those four corporations donated at least $100,000 and up to $499,999 in 2020 alone.
DEI initiatives are found in medical schools, the Department of Homeland Security, tech companies, and more. It was only a matter of time before they found their way to the Hill.