Avoiding difficult discussions on diversity is not an option. Leadership must embrace and endorse solutions and mitigating actions to make diversity in the workplace REAL.
We will never eradicate racism until we commit to deepening our collective awareness of why racism exists and what we need to do about it.
So where do we go from here?
Let us start by addressing stereotypes.
We need to deepen our collective understanding of the fears, beliefs, and responses of people who use the authority entrusted to them to abuse those who are defenseless and vulnerable, particularly those of the Black race. These “people” include employers, landlords, judges, teachers, corporate executives, politicians, priests, pastors, healthcare workers and many more of us. This is why Derek Chauvin needs to tell his side of the story, by answering the following questions.