5 Reads: Awareness of Implicit Biases Doesn’t Change Minds, The Problem with SHRM, Reconstruction in America and more

It feels like we’re in for a long summer.

The fight for racial justice and the fight against covid-19 continue, although I’m starting to worry important momentum has been lost on both fronts. On the former, I hope that the veracity of the protests over the last few weeks is transitioning into action that sometimes plays out behind the scenes, and on the latter I’m worried that we’re getting what we asked for when we reopened our cities and states against the advice of our own experts.

The struggle has morphed as well. San Antonio, and Texas as a whole has become a covid-19 hotspot. And SHRM, an organization I have long been dedicated to (and advocated on behalf of) has struggled to articulate its own values, let alone live up to them. Ufda.

And it’s just July.

As always, please follow reputable news sources to stay informed and do your best to stay healthy (physically and mentally).

In the meantime, here are five articles that had me thinking over the last two weeks or so:

Making people aware of their implicit biases doesn’t usually change minds. But here’s what does work
Betsy Mason. Knowable Magazine

Key Quote: “To help prevent unintended discrimination, the leaders of organizations need to decide to track data to see where disparities are occurring. When they discover disparities, they need to try to make changes and then look at the next cycle of data to see if those changes are improving things.” Read the rest here.

Republicans, Democrats Move Even Further Apart in Coronavirus Concerns
Pew Research Center

Key quote: “As the number of coronavirus cases surges in many states across the United States, Republicans and Democrats increasingly view the disease in starkly different ways, from the personal health risks arising from the coronavirus outbreak to their comfort in engaging in everyday activities.” Read the full report here.

The Problem With SHRM: Why HR Professionals Feel Disappointed, Disillusioned, and Deserted
Vadim Liberman. TLNT

Key quote: “Words have power, and SHRM has power. That it chooses not to flex its might by explicitly voicing support for greater equality suggests that the nonprofit is willing to disregard the needs of many of its constituents. Unless, of course, SHRM actually is catering to the needs of some very different constituents.” Read the rest here.

Why Juneteenth Matters
Jamelle Bouie. The New York Times

Key quote: “Emancipation wasn’t a gift bestowed on the slaves; it was something they took for themselves, the culmination of their long struggle for freedom, which began as soon as chattel slavery was established in the 17th century, and gained even greater steam with the Revolution and the birth of a country committed, at least rhetorically, to freedom and equality. In fighting that struggle, black Americans would open up new vistas of democratic possibility for the entire country.” Read the rest here.

EJI Releases New Report Documenting 2,000 More Lynchings of Black People by White Mobs
Equal Justice Initiative

Key quote: “EJI’s new report, Reconstruction in America, documents nearly 2,000 more confirmed racial terror lynchings of Black people by white mobs in America than previously detailed. The report examines the 12 years following the Civil War when lawlessness and violence perpetrated by white leaders created an American future of racial hierarchy, white supremacy, and Jim Crow laws—an era from which our nation has yet to recover.” Read the full report here.

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