Below is an excerpt from an article by Terri Broussard Williams.
For the past two weeks, America has seen protests, riots and looting in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. During this time, I’ve seen plenty of comments like this online. Maybe you have, too.
“I don’t understand why people are rioting. Don’t they realize they are only hurting their community more?”
“I am not a racist, and if you think I am, then unfriend me.”
“Why are they looting and always looking to take something that isn’t theirs?”
Those posts are real. They all came from White leaders that I know professionally, from social impact work or from volunteer organizations.
There are plenty of people like them out there. People who believe they would never take part in a protest, in a riot or in looting. But they engage in similar behaviors every day in the workplace. Let me share a few real-life stories that will show you what I mean.