Black lawmakers are impatient with tech’s lack of diversity and are threatening regulation to force the issue

Congresswoman Maxine Waters said, “I’m not urging, I’m not encouraging, I’m about to hit some people across the head with a hammer.” Regulatory proposals being considered include expanding the Community Reinvestment Act — which makes sure financial institutions help meet the needs of low-income communities they operate in — to include tech, improving requirements around companies’ EEO-1 diversity reporting and negotiating partnerships with tech companies and underserved school districts to improve education for black students.