Yes, and I’m sure there are negative consequences.
Kat Ely
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Kat, great article. I’m glad that you’re highlighting the systemic inequities that underrepresented groups face in the design industry. As you rightfully note, it’s often the result of unconscious biases fueled from too few “other” voices in decision making positions that creates these problems. Reflecting on your comment above, I want to push back and say that it’s precisely because you’re White that your voice matters even more in helping similar causes for racial minorities. How much more (or differently) powerful is it when a man stands up for Gender Biases in the boardroom ? It shuts down the knee-jerk reaction of “she’s just being emotional/whiney/self-righteous” that often happens to women when they express these concerns. Likewise, when a White voice speaks alongside the voices of racial minorities for equity in the workplace it mitigates racially charged defensive thoughts, sends signals of support to (those typically ‘token’) person(s) of color in the room, and leads to better product solutions overall. Keep fighting the good fight. If you don’t speak up, who will?

Take a quick listen to the TED Talk by Chimamanda Adichie on the power of The Single Story to change minds. You’ll enjoy it.