5 Reads: Is your company fighting racism?, Things Allies Can Do, When Epidemiologists Expect to Return to Normal and More

There’s way too much happening right now, but all of it deserves our attention. The covid-19 pandemic rages on, but it’s been pushed out of the news cycle by our nation’s original sin, racism.

It can all be too much sometimes, but we need to stay focused. There is work to be done, and we all need to stay informed to be able to do it. Here are five articles that made me think over the last two weeks or so:

Is Your Company Actually Fighting Racism, or Just Talking About It?
Kira Hudson Banks and Richard Harvey. Harvard Business Review

Key quote: “The current moment has the potential to be pivotal in addressing the disparity if corporate leaders have the wherewithal to identify the harm being done to Black employees and employees of color, to name company- and industry-specific actions they will take to remedy the harm, and to hold themselves accountable.” Read the rest here.

When 511 Epidemiologists Expect to Fly, Hug and Do 18 Other Everyday Activities Again
Margot Sanger-Katz, Claire Cain Miller and Quoctrung Bui. The New York Times

Key quote: “These are the personal opinions of a group of 511 epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists who were asked by The New York Times when they expect to resume 20 activities of daily life, assuming that the pandemic and the public health response to it unfold as they expect.

Their answers are not guidelines for the public, and incorporate respondents’ individual life circumstances, risk tolerance and expectations about when there will be widespread testing, contact tracing, treatment and vaccination for Covid-19. They said it’s these things that will determine their actions, because the virus sets the timeline.” Read the rest here.

America, This is Your Chance
Michelle Alexander. The New York Times

Key quote: “We must face our racial history and our racial present. We cannot solve a problem we do not understand. Donald Trump would not be the president and George Floyd would not be dead if, after the Civil War, our nation had committed itself to reparations, reconciliation and atonement for the land and people that colonizers stole, sold and plundered.” Read the rest here.

5 Things Allies Can Do to Sponsor Coworkers from Underrepresented Groups
Karen Catlin. Better Allies

  1. Speak their name when they’re not around
  2. Endorse them publicly
  3. Invite them to high profile meetings
  4. Share their career goals with decision makers
  5. Recommend them for stretch assignments and speaking opportunities

Read the detailed list here.

Supreme Court Delivers Major Victory To LGBTQ Employees
Nina Totenberg. NPR

Key quote: “In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. The ruling was 6-3, with Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s first appointee to the court, writing the majority opinion. The opinion was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four liberal justices.” Read the rest here.

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