To say that designating groups by color is what prevents us from becoming a racially equal society is misguided - to put it nicely. To be blunt, it is exactly the reaction one would expect from white people who are upholding systemic racism as artists, illustrators, and unfortunately, as instructors, such as the woman I've interrupted above.
The idea of a color blind society, while well intentioned, leaves people without the language to discuss race and examine their own bias.
I will not be undertaking this journey in a void. Before I even commented on the post above, I armed myself by doing research on my opinions. Yes, I know and understand colorblindness is ill-intentioned, but what can I say that might possibly resonate? And I'll be clear here, the words that I used were not my own, and I did not give credit. So, let me give credit where credit is due - thank you Samantha Vincenty (and whomever her research led her to) and Oprah Magazine for the words to help me on my journey. Eventually, I'll be able to tackle these situations using the new language I continue to learn from such encounters.
Colorblindness denies the lived experiences of other people.
The persistence of racial disparities in education, health, wealth, poverty, and incarceration supports the notion that we live in racially hierarchical society, which affords unearned benefits to White Americans and unfairly burdens people of color. The very existence of these disparities challenges claims that race does not matter in U.S. society. Read More...
All quotes from Samantha Vincenty article, 'Being Colorblind doesn't make you not racist - In fact, it can mean the opposite' from Oprah Magazine, published on June 12, 2020.
The opportunities? Well, I think Stacey Abrams and Georgia have shown us that opportunities exist by taking back the Senate in a primarily red state by predominately black democratic voters.
What does this have to do with small businesses? Everything.
Take an hour to learn more about the business owners who are working to survive during this pandemic, and the storied history we are currently a part of. And if you are able to - support them, talk about them on your social channels, buy from them, and give back to the small businesses that make your community unique.
As communication leaders, we play a critical role in helping our communities navigate this time — from staying connected, to communicating during crises, to serving those in need.
With this in mind, we invited small business owners across different industries to join our panel discussion to share what challenges they’ve faced and how they’ve solved them. We’ll further discuss what opportunities these small businesses have seen or they can seize. In this session, Comm Lead consultancy will also prepare some tips and suggestions for you as takeaways to put into practice.
- Efrem Fesaha from Boon Boona Coffee
- Linda Fang from Banyan Legal Counsel
- Jake Prendez from Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery
- Jennifer Wong from JLW Health Consulting
Susan is the Creative Director at Communication Leadership Consulting, working with clients on content strategy, remote collaboration tools, and digital communication. She oversees the creative direction of the consultancy, organizes and provides support for the volunteer program, and helps facilitate team workflow. She owns Susan with Camera, a creative consulting business that provides content strategy, guidance, and communication support to small businesses and nonprofits, with a particular goal of working to empower women in business startup and success. She is a graduate student in the Communication Leadership Program.
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