Google pressed to conduct racial equity audit

Civil rights organization Color of Change is urging Google to conduct a racial equity audit, spurred both by the Silicon Valley giant’s business model and its treatment of employees.

The petition launched Tuesday calls for Google to take action in line with the public statements the company has put out after the nationwide racial justice protests last year sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“Google has made public statements about racial equity, about Black lives, and given us commercials and other online content to make us believe that they’re sort of working towards a better world — all while their product, and their practices have incentivized a lot of harm to our community,” Color of Change President Rashad Robinson told The Hill on Wednesday.

The petition is part of a mounting effort to hold the tech giant more accountable for its practices.