We’re standing together
The past two weeks have opened many eyes. For those looking from a fresh perspective or through the lens of new awareness, it may be difficult to process what America is experiencing. If you find yourself unsure how to process all of this, or where to start, simply start by listening.
Open yourself up, listen, be aware of your reactions and explore them. Listen with the goal of building empathy. Here’s where we would suggest starting…
- “Seeing White” Scene on Radio
- “Code Switch” NPR
- “1619” New York Times
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Documentaries & Movies
- I Am Not Your Negro
- Slavery by Another Name
- 12 Years a Slave
- When They See Us
- Dear White People
- Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea.
- National Bail Fund Network Directory: bit.ly/localbailfunds
- Black Voters Matter Fund: blackvotersmatterfund.org
- @YourRightsCamp: knowyourrightscamp.com
- Official George Floyd Memorial Fund: gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
- Campaign Zero: joincampaignzero.org
Resource list created by Kim-Julie Hansen (@kimjuliehansen).
If you are unsure where to start, start with listening.
If you are ready to go further, do so.
Consider engaging with the J.E.D.I. Collaborative or begin asking yourself how your business would answer this question:
Does your company engage in any of the following diversity and inclusion activities?
- Our founder or CEO is from a minority population
- Our senior leadership has minority representation
- Our board of directors has minority representation
- Our mission directly supports diversity and inclusion
- Our staffing and employment practices quantify and track diversity and inclusion goals
- Our products, communications, and marketing practices quantify and track diversity and inclusion goals
- Our company culture actively welcomes, acknowledges, and honors voices of a diverse community
- Our employee benefits and time off practices are designed to reflect the needs of a diverse employee base
Where can you go further in integrating diversity and inclusion more deeply in your business?
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