Racism has been one of America’s greatest weaknesses for hundreds of years, since the founding of the republic. However, in the wake of George Floyd’s death, there is a renewed awareness of, and commitment to addressing, the structural racism that has been such a part of our economy, institutions, policies, and practices.
For CEOs, the vast majority of whom are white, this new awareness and focus has triggered a range of reactions. But the most important of these responses has been a sense of urgency and a desire for change and justice.
In fact, there is a growing understanding that, in order to dismantle structural racism, there is no middle ground. To be neutral is to be complicit. Therefore, proactive, anti-racist work is required. This three part series will help leaders of impact companies understand the shifts that are occurring, unpack what these changes mean, and determine what personal and enterprise-level actions can be taken to be anti-racist.