Black History Month

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Is anyone's company honoring Black History Month? I'm a little perplexed that my organization hasn't put forward more effort other than an email announcing it with a link to more information. In years past we'd have talks, luncheons, and the like which in my opinion were very well organized and received.

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Feb 13, 2019

Wolfie? Did someone hack your account?

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Feb 13, 2019

Lmao

Feb 13, 2019

you know damn right that these organizations dont really care about black history month

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Feb 13, 2019
IndigoTaurus:

you know damn right that these organizations dont really care about black history month

Perhaps. I will say I was pleasantly surprised with some of the luncheon talks that were organized. Someone gave a remarkable testimonial and was even present during the MLK I have a dream speech. Many I'm sure went for the catered lunch, but I'm sure many left with a new personal outlook.

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Feb 13, 2019

Black history month is the shortest month of the year lol

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Feb 13, 2019

At the moment, I think a lot of the firms on the street are really more focused on damage control / not getting railed [again] after the market fell on its face in December / January. I'm sure BHM is still very important and that a lesser amount of effort this year is probably more due to different priorities and bad timing, rather than anything else.

Feb 13, 2019

My organization is 13 people, none of whom is African American. No holiday, short of maybe Christmas, has a big deal made about it, so no we do not honor black history month but it's not some slight against it either.

A competitor gave free copies of MLK's Letter from A Birmingham Jail to all employees and residents this year. I thought that was interesting given the content of that letter, but that's about it.

Feb 13, 2019

Many years ago, when I worked at a Swiss bank, their various heritage/diversity events were impressive, to say the least. One year I attended a lecture given by John Amaechi, formerly of the NBA. Another year I attended a lecture given by the one and only, Maya Angelou, which is still a highlight in my life, seeing her start her talk by singing "This little light of mine." :)

And now, at my current firm, not even a whiff of a mention of anything on the intranet page.

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Feb 13, 2019

As a minority, I really don't get the focus on this kind of stuff. Such a waste of time and money putting on stupid events. It's completely half-assed and doesn't do ANYTHING to fix racism. If anything, it makes it worse because people that are already a little bit racist will see money being burned on something stupid and then start thinking along the lines of, "wow look at all this shit we have to do to appease minorities". If you don't believe me, look at the post below mine.

What I would much rather see a focus on building out hiring funnels that minimize bias, AKA a meaningful reduction in racism or training on recognizing cognitive bias. This is something everyone with a brain should be interested in because it leads to objectively better candidates and there's no reason not to do it. It doesn't cost more to implement.

Feb 14, 2019

It's not mutually exclusive (training vs. some black history month event). And how much time and money do you think goes to these events versus other events (say, a Christmas part). If we start doing things to appease people who are a "little bit racist" to prevent them from being a lot racist then we are going down the wrong path.

Feb 13, 2019

LOL ... how much energy is spent trying to be diverse and politically correct ... the aggregate reception of the efforts is more than likely the inverse of their intention due to the "minorities" and "marginalized" love of being the minority and the marginalized. Cant let anyone forget it.

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Feb 14, 2019

We had a lunch and are reimbursed for any ticketed event or exhibition around Black History. It's a good way to get conversations going.

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Feb 14, 2019

My boss is black and in honor of black history month we have to kiss his shoes every morning. I'm black too

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Feb 14, 2019
EliteStudent11:

My boss is black and in honor of black history month we have to kiss his shoes every morning. I'm black too

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Feb 14, 2019
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