5 ways leaders can fight for racial justice

Follow this guidance to replace platitudes with concrete action.

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For many African American employees in your organization, these last two weeks feel like they’ve been 100 years long.

Along with millions of people around the world, they’ve witnessed the horror of George Floyd being held to the ground by a police officer with such force on his neck that it resulted in his death.

A life was lost right before our eyes, and no one in authority did anything to stop it. Floyd’s homicide follows those of other black men and women, including Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland and many more, at the hands of those in power or in institutions of authority.

These institutional leaders, the police in this case, control the culture we experience in our neighborhoods–the very same way you control the cultural environment that employees experience in your organization.

Since Floyd’s death and the ensuing protests, company after company has released statements of outrage over what transpired, with renewed pledges of commitment to inclusion and diversity in their organizational practices.

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