Or, I’m still black in November

I should have voted for Trump.

Despite my creeping suspicions, which seemed to have softly escalated over the past few months, I never expected I could feel this way.

I knew I would have to take care to avoid the internet and white people after the election, no matter what the results ended up declaring.

I spent my days leading up to and directly after the election gently reminding everyone, “Yeah, but the people who voted for Trump, the people who love Trump, love all that he stands for, love where our country is headed at the moment, they still…


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Since the end of May I’ve been simultaneously taking and teaching a Masterclass in tough love. I think this was spurred by someone asking me in an interview after the death of George Floyd, “Do you think it’s going to be different this time? Do you think this will last? Do you think things will change?” In my sleep-deprived and emotionally raw state it was hard not to laugh. To let out my best Cruella De Vil cackle and scream “OF COURSE IT’S NOT GOING TO BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME. WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. NOTHING EVER…


Although I’ve been complaining about the people who are supposed to be leading our companies and thus, our economy, running around lazily exclaiming they “…don’t know what to do!” about racism, I’m going to go ahead and offer some ideas. While I still find it deeply problematic to put the onus of solving these issues on the people who suffer from them, I also recognize that we are uniquely incentivized to imagine persistent, system-wide change.

Before getting into it, I’d like to again point out that we could just treat Black people the same way we treat White people and…


I’ve been encouraged by the amount of White people who are trying very hard to understand their own privilege, prejudice, and role in supporting racist systems. I’ve seen a lot online and in my professional circles around what it means to be an ally and how to be an anti-racist. And I think all of this is a very, very good thing.

Many White people have asked for my personal opinions and advice, and I have also been in communion with many more Black people who are being asked the same. It’s important to state that given my personal experiences…


I’m very sorry to deliver this news. But, this week — shit is about to get REAL. If you’re like me, that sentence is probably something that made you laugh uncontrollably. Or cry. Or lay down on the floor and scream “Corona, take me now!”. But this part is important. You know “the work” all those social media posts have been alluding to? Well it starts now. And it ain’t pretty.

A few things are happening this week:

  1. Professional spaces who were sympathetic to Black workers, and workers overcome by the state of the world, will get back to unsympathetic…


One of the things that has started to circulate in regards to the Coronavirus pandemic is the asymmetric rate of infection and death among Black and Brown people in the U.S. Some have wondered why a virus that “doesn’t discriminate” is ravaging certain communities, but not others. And while some have picked up on the fact that the infection and mortality rates are simply reflecting the American Caste System set up by our founding fathers, and reinforced by each successive generation, others are acting with incredulity at the notion that these numbers have anything to do with America’s systemic racism…


How would you feel if your boss pulled you and your entire team into a meeting to discuss your race?

  1. What if you happened to be a minority and in this meeting your boss used slides and a workbook to announce to the team that you are black and therefore the team needs to be extra sensitive when dealing with you because black people face a lot of obstacles at work — due to their being black? What if your boss spent a large portion of the meeting telling your team about all the ways blacks don’t have access to…


One of the unspoken responsibilities I usually get tasked with at work is fixing the company’s Diversity problem. This ranges from people running their thoughts and ideas by me —assuming my responses speak for everyone in my demographic(s) — to people asking me to “help” lead diversity recruiting, outreach, PR, and to defend and validate the actions of the company and its managers. Though we’ve seen that having a single person represent an entire community is deeply problematic, this is still a go-to tactic in white workplaces. Maybe its popularity speaks to its effectiveness. …


To more than 36% of Americans the topic of diversity is not simply the Harvard Business Review article du jour. It’s not the new, trendy or “woke” issue to tackle in an effort to show how progressive your business is. It’s not a new awards category, a budget that always gets cut, or a press release that doesn’t mention any strategies, or tangible commitments. It’s not even something we make fun of Gucci, Ancestry, Heineken, Dove, Gucci, H&M, Pepsi, Reebok, Prada, the NFL, or Kim Kardashian West (endlessly) about.

For many of us, the topics of “Diversity” and “Inclusion” represent…

Belinda J Smith

I’m on a mission to destigmatize diversity. I’m a marketing professional with a long tenure in media and advertising for some of the world’s largest brands.

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