People around the world mourned the tragic death of George Floyd, an African-American man killed in police custody as officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes, despite him continuously crying out that he couldn’t breathe.
The horrific incident led to mass protests and demonstrations with citizens demanding justice for George, while social media was ablaze with people calling out the racial injustices that black people face every day.
Pressure mounted rapidly for those with a platform to use their voice to raise awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement and push for equality.
There are many ways we can support the fight for racial equality including educating ourselves, donating to charities on the frontline and signing petitions for justice.
W should also seek to improve black representation by supporting businesses that hire people from less represented and underprivileged backgrounds. We can also offer professional mentorship and guidance to those from minority backgrounds.
We all have a responsibility to continue the fight for racial equality. Do your part and be the change you want to see in the world.
Recently we witnessed major companies change their policy and value statements, make pledges and take action to counter racism but it’s easy to say Black Lives Matter. It’s easy to put statements out, but symbolism is important. Representation is important! If this moment is going to be transformative, we need businesses to set targets to diversify their supplier chain to include Black businesses and Black entrepreneurs. We as consumers need to commit to supporting corporations that are using thier power to help Black businesses gain a foothold in the economy.