This is such a great insight. I always wondered why these corps would give in to this hogwash when they have plenty of resources and longevity to do as they please. For conglomerates whose god is capitalism, it always seemed so counterproductive for them to suddenly embody these practices that are shooting themselves in the foot, in the name of social virtue signaling. Great point, overcompensation for past indiscretions makes total sense. Never thought of it that way before.
My husband works in medical journalism and the staff is white and Asian. His boss jumps on *every* stupid trend that comes up-- we need more women, we need blacks, we need to change our gendered language, etc. It's for covering their butt if somebody complains. If the tides shifted, so would they.
That's probably why true-believer ideological lefties think there's a right-wing conspiracy. Plus I think a lot of what's going now is just the collective result of people growing up with the internet.