A recent Harvard Business Review study found discrimination is a “prevalent phenomenon” in the customer service industry. What we know for sure is that what MSNBC called “everyday racism” in a recent special network presentation is a prevalent phenomenon in the lives of people of color. Many people simply don’t understand-the everyday racism or micro-aggressions that people of color experience and endure on a daily basis.
Being overlooked in the checkout line; being surveilled by store personnel; bearing witness to more privileged people clutching their handbags a little closer; not being called by your first name or crossing the street when they encounter a person of color.
Far worse than the aforementioned woes, there are times when some have to deal with calls to the police about “suspicious behavior,” when they are simply living their own life. There are countless other examples of everyday racism or micro-aggressions that could be cited. We, as a Nation, need to learn about the experiences of others and find ways to raise our voices against racism- to risk conflict with others to be on the right side of the issue.
The first step in this lifesaving work, is to have a honest conversation about who we are, where we are, and how we can work together to make a change. Because, as tensions continue to surge from coast to coast, it is clear that change can not wait.
Join us, Sunday, September 30, 2018, for some real talk about some real issues.