Congressional Black Caucus Pressures Uber on Diversity

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CBC Urges Uber, Tech Industry to Address Diversity Deficit in Leadership

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), led by Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and Representatives G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) sent a letter to Uber, calling on the ride-share service company and other technology companies to prioritize diversity when filling senior leadership positions.

The letter, sent yesterday both highlights the lack of inclusion of Black people in the tech industry and the need for Black techs to create their own lane and economy.

“When the Congressional Black Caucus Diversity Task Force launched CBC TECH 2020 in May 2015, we cautioned leaders in the tech community that its lack of African American inclusion was bad for business and for the country,” the Members wrote.  “We encouraged the tech community to make diversity and inclusion a priority in order to take advantage of America’s best talent and strengthen our global competitiveness.  It seems that Uber, and many of its peers in the industry, have not prioritized the urgent need for a diverse and inclusive workforce.

The Members continued, “The lack of diverse hiring and failure to create an inclusive and supportive corporate culture in tech companies has had dire consequences.  While the African American inclusion numbers at most tech companies continue to be unacceptably low, the retention of African Americans at these companies, and the climate for the employees who remain, is much worse.”

Reps. Butterfield, Lee, and Cleaver are members of the CBC Diversity Task Force, which previously sent a letter to the CEOs of Uber and Lyft, outlining concerns following a report from the National Bureau of Economic Research that documented evidence of discrimination against African American customers attempting to use ride-share services as a means of transportation.

Full text of the letter sent today can be found here. The letter is also attached.

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