Over the last few months, people have confided in me that they didn’t feel up to whatever they were doing or were aiming for. Several even used the term “impostor syndrome,” recognizing that this is what was happening to them.
They were wondering if they belonged where they were, doing what was expected of them. Beset by doubt, a subliminal voice was saying,...
How is a microaggression different from racism? Is it helpful to use the word “racist” at all? And is the word “microaggression” overused?
Then there’s “calling out” vs. “calling in.” What do they mean, and does the distinction really matter?
Understanding the implications of these terms is the subject of this blog.
People all over this country are seeking to engage in racial dialogue. The goal within organizations is to heal, first by surfacing racial divisions and people’s disparate points of view. Then, armed with this knowledge, build a more inclusive organization.
How are people in an organization supposed to move from silence due to suppression to a full expression of all that has been...
Amy F. Hageman is a young associate of Leading Consciously who has put herself through a public reckoning of what it means to become antiracist from a position of White privilege. In her guest blog on our website, she discusses a public embarrassment that led to her decision to post for 30 days about race. Her intent was to inspire her White friends into action and to let her...
Guest blog by Carole Marmell
We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.
— T.S. Eliot
I am in my house. I’m comfortable here, with my furniture, my books, my knick-knacks, my music. I’m vaguely aware of...
Most White people I know are horrified at the thought of being accused of any iterations of what I call the R-word: racist, racially insensitive, racially naive, exclusionary, oblivious.
What would you do if someone described you with one of those words?
Now up the ante and imagine you have an international reputation and one of your customers or associates told you that you had displayed one...
People ask me, “How do I get rid of my fear?” Then they wait for the magic bullet.
My answer: eliminating fear is not a desirable goal. Fear helps keep the species alive. It alerts us to danger as well as opportunity. Our bodies feel something isn’t right and react before our prefrontal cortex, the executive function of the brain, can process it.
We become aware of danger only...
"When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to do something."
Guest blog: Representative John Lewis put his body and reputation on the line over and over again. We could learn from him.
Would you like to see...
The most frequent question I’ve gotten in the last three months has been, what can I do? Children are being kept in cages. Open racism is going mainstream. Latent racism is being surfaced. Political polarization is eroding the ability of government to function. How can one person make a difference?
People often ask me how to refer to various ethnic/racial groups. What’s better, Black or African American? If it's okay to say “people of color”, why not say "colored person"? First, my history, then a deep dive into how complicated a subject it is.
I was raised as a Negro child in...