Ring the Alarm: When the “Burden Alert” Sounds, Think Informed Consent
In this moment many organizations are scrambling to articulate commitments to DEI, anti-racism, and racial justice and to do the hard work of living and leading in alignment with those commitments. As leaders work to figure out how to do all of that, there is often a tendency to turn to Black and Brown folks (or folks with other historically marginalized identities) to ask for input, help, guidance, and leadership. When that tendency kicks in, the “burden alert” should sound!
50 Actions Your Org Can Take After Posting About BLM
This list is intended to serve as a starting point for leaders contemplating where to go from here and for staff members who are advocating and case-making within their own organizations. It also serves as a reminder that words and written statements, shared internally or publicly, must be accompanied by substantive action and change.
We share this to help broaden the conversation as organizations think through what action to take. It is best used as a menu - pursuing the strategies that make sense for your people and context - rather than as a checklist to complete.
We Can’t Disrupt White Supremacy and Anti-Blackness Without a Mirror
As we consider our historical treatment of members of the Black community in the US versus today, the realities are eerily similar. The common denominator is white supremacy and anti-Blackness. White supremacy and anti-Blackness are insidious in part because they have been deeply embedded within us over multiple generations of socialization. That means we won’t be able to truly dismantle or rebuild - as a nation and within our own organizations - unless a mirror is one of our primary tools. So, let’s each take a long hard look, breathing slowly and deeply, to interrogate our own upbringing, beliefs, fears, insecurities, comfort, privileges, leadership, and safety.