Over the last few months, Boldly Inclusive has been working closely with a number of organizations to support their anti-racism efforts. Given current dialogues about the particular challenges and barriers faced by Black communities, many are interested in learning how businesses can be better allies in confronting and disrupting anti-Blackness.
The truth is that we are in an exceptional moment of change. The closest we’ve ever come prior to this was about 60 years ago. The Civil Rights movement coupled with a wave of anti-colonialism efforts in Africa and across the Diaspora drastically transformed possibilities for Black communities worldwide. Though people of all races, creeds, and colours were partners in the fight for change, the scope of their involvement is unlike what we are seeing today. The strength of Black voices, supported by many more white and non-Black racialized people serving as allies, has brought us to a time where we can reimagine the future we want to see, the type of inclusion that we should all experience, and everyone’s role in striving for change.
For this reason, when I facilitate workshops, we encourage learners to be open to learning and in doing so, lean into what can often be uncomfortable. Be honest, be vulnerable, ask questions. If we don’t exercise curiosity, we limit our understanding of one another and our potential to support them in building this new reality.
This blog will tackle 3 of the more frequently asked questions that have come up in our anti-racism workshops.