As the United States was besieged by a violent mob adorned in Nazi paraphernalia and symbols of white supremacy, we are reminded that our silence on issues of prejudice and basic human dignity feeds into hate. We should be alarmed, but not shocked, by the disparate treatment of the Capitol insurrectionists compared to Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters as a result of white privilege. These rioters were not unique and have been a part of society all along -- in our workplaces, in law enforcement, and in the government itself.
And so far, responses to this racist attack only scratch the surface. As DEI advocates and professionals, we know the interrelations of identity, power, and exclusion are multidimensional and overlapping. We can’t focus on creating inclusion and addressing inequity only in times of crisis. This year -- 2021 -- we must embrace a proactive and intersectional approach before headlines. In 2021, we need organizations to follow-through on their big promises.
On a global level, 2020 was the year of reactive action, and 2021 must be the year of long-term, strategic direction.
Check out our newest blog post, to learn more about our non-negotiables for DEI in 2021.
- Keith Plummer (they, them, theirs) and Dr. Sarah Saska (she, her, hers)