Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not

We are all suffering from the impact of COVID-19, but “Black” people globally, and especially “Black” Americans are experiencing an additional level of trauma.

George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor & countless “Black” American’s have lost their lives at the hands of “White” racists in a world that chooses to turn a blind eye to acts of violence against other humans on the basis of their race.

The psychological trauma is a collective one as the acts caught on camera are horrific. We cannot with good conscience watch on as silent bystanders as the next generation looks to us for direction & inspiration. Please read this article by Danielle Cadet – which catalogues recent events and eloquently describes how I and some of your “Black” colleagues & friends may be feeling in these times.

Hopefully, you will begin to understand the extent of the psychological trauma “Black” people are carrying & show empathy & kindness. This perspective is vital for anyone serious about driving inclusion in the workplace.

As Angela Davis wrote, in a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. You must be anti-racist. Do not be silent on this one. Your voice is needed. Please share with people managers in your network.

PS: No human should be defined by colour -“white” or “black”.

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