The Difference Between First-Degree Racism and Third-Degree Racism

Image courtesy of Getty and The Atlantic. Article link (June 2020) shared with permission from The Atlantic.

This thought-provoking article by John Rice takes a hard look at organizational diversity practices, calling for alignment on what constitutes racist behavior, increasing the costs of this behavior and challenging the tension between increasing racial diversity and maintaining the status quo. As the article notes, 

“Employers whose efforts to increase diversity lack the same analytical and executional rigor that is taken for granted in every other part of their business engage in practices that disadvantage black people in the competition for economic opportunity. By default, this behavior protects white people’s positions of power.”

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