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Seeing racism’s effects

In conversations over the years with people about discrimination, I find that people quickly downplay whether bias is as the root of the problem. More specifically, when the discrimination addressed is racial, I find that many whites reject the possibility of racism before they’ve fully considered the situation.

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‘Toxic’ label gets used too quickly

Recently I read an article on how to deal with toxic people in the workplace. Frankly, I found the advice to be, well, toxic, at least when it comes to workplace diversity. I don’t fault the writer of the article; she was getting most of her advice from a book written by a psychiatrist. But psychiatric advice has its limited place in the workplace.

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Style can hide message

The diversity of dealing with people who speak up and out versus the people who have to be pulled into the conversation openly affects every workplace. Communication style can be a river to cross.

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Time for taking a deeper look

As strange as it may seem, Black History Month is one of the hardest topics for me to speak about. It’s a complicated topic about a still necessary educational tool. In the workplace, honoring it has always been an awkward addition, in part because it’s not an “ethnic celebration” revolving around food and fun.

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