From Aunt Jemima to Uncle Ben’s, some brands are finally purging racist symbols. Many others, like Ben & Jerry’s are speaking up (no more cones of silence) and taking action. Words are important, but they’re not enough. To be anti-racist, all-of-us must ask our organizations to look within and make structural change.
1 Contact your employer, school, or entity and ask what their anti-racist strategy and implementation plan is. Try to advocate for concrete commitments. Some questions you can ask include:
- Are you/we conducting any audits of products, marketing, or services to ensure that they are not racist?
- What is our/your commitment to raising awareness or racism through education?
- What is our/your commitment to diversifying leadership?
2 Here are some helpful resources to share. If you lead an organization, even better - start implementing right away!