Across the U.S., companies are celebrating Black History Month. It’s an important time for workplaces to recognize African Americans’ role throughout history and promote diversity within their organizations. However, during this time, many companies try to show their their commitment to diversity with performative efforts, like cultural celebrations and historical highlight reels, instead of addressing the root systemic causes of inequity.
As co-founder and CEO of Kanarys (a Black, female co-owned, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) platform), I’ve seen that these events don’t do much to promote organizational change. They ignore the intergenerational pain that is still deeply felt in Black and Brown communities, and treat the exclusion of Black individuals from financial security as something from the past. They gloss over the continued stigmatization and discrimination Black communities face today.
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