Black Lives Mat­ter in the work­place

Times Standard (Eureka) - - BUSINESS - An­gela Copeland

The last three months have been heavy, re­ally heavy. And now, here we are. Things are heav­ier. But, un­like COVID-19, racial is­sues have been there all along. They aren’t new. But, some of us have had the lux­ury not to think about them ev­ery day. I saw a no­table quote this week by An­gela Davis. It said, “In a racist so­ci­ety, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be an­tiracist.”

If you haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced racism first­hand, there are a few things you can do to help at work. The first is to lis­ten — and to be­lieve. Hav­ing friends from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and back­grounds al­lows us to learn about things we wouldn’t oth­er­wise know. But, some­times, for rea­sons that are of­ten not con­scious, we end up with a lot of friends who are very sim­i­lar to us. When that hap­pens, we miss out on those per­sonal sto­ries that help us to bet­ter un­der­stand the ex­pe­ri­ences of oth­ers.

If there’s one thing I would wish for, it’s that peo­ple would share their ex­pe­ri­ences more. Do you re­mem­ber when the Me

Too move­ment started? Many women shared their per­sonal sto­ries. The sto­ries made things real for our male loved ones. But, trauma is hard to talk about. It’s not some­thing we want to put on dis­play. When it’s over, we put it away. There’s a lot we could learn from each other in the BLM move­ment if we heard more per­sonal sto­ries from peo­ple we know. With that said, try not to over­load your African Amer­i­can col­leagues with ques­tions.

Not ev­ery­one wants to be the poster child for ev­ery is­sue. And hon­estly, each per­son is deal­ing with their own feel­ings, hurt, and grief in a way that is unimag­in­able.

If you ob­serve racist be

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