Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, say their names. Three of a long list of names of black men and women who have been unjustly killed. And then there’s Christian Cooper, who fortunately we don’t have to add to that list, but easily could have. What was their crime?
This is going to be hard for many who read this post, but white people are responsible. Yes, we WHITE PEOPLE, and those who benefit directly from their proximity to whiteness, are all responsible. There is no them. It’s me, it’s you.
White people created these systems and we have to dismantle then. It’s well beyond the scope of this article to discuss how and why, but there is more than ample historical evidence. It started 400 years ago and has continued on to this day. It is DEEP into the fabric of our society and we are all affected. Because racism is institutionalized, going through the motions keeps it alive and well. If you question this, I’d advise you to learn. “Readings for Diversity and Social Justice” is one great book that delves deeper into the institutions. …
I wanted to share my experience on an important topic that I have been asked about a few times, organizational mobility for career advancement.
What I mean by organizational mobility, is joining an organization in one role (maybe not your ideal one) with the idea of moving internally to a better role over time. If you are looking to transition to a new role, this can be a viable approach. I am not saying it will work for everyone, but it was my story and one I have seen over and over.
In this post, I’ll share my own experiences over the past 10+ years. …
“How can I help?” A question that I’ve asked myself over and over as I became more aware of the disadvantages that exist in tech for people of diversity. As a white, privileged male, what could l do?
After thinking about this for quite some time and speaking to my peers I realized that mentoring women could be a powerful way to have an impact. …