THOUGHT LEADERSHIP ON DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & ANTI-RACISM
The legal industry has the chance to seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to effect large-scale change regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). Leaders in legal marketing recognize the opportunity to create a solid foundation from which future generations can grow. This was underscored at the Legal Marketing Association Virtual Annual Conference (#LMA20).
Today’s definition of a microaggression is credited to Derald Wing Sue, a professor of counseling psychology at Columbia University. Since 2007, he has written several books on microaggressions, including “Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation.”
Have you gotten your AARP membership info in the mail yet? Or has someone given you a senior discount just because of the way you look? Better yet, how about that postcard from a local 55-and-older independent living community wishing to help you “prepare” for the future? If any of these happened to you recently, how did you feel?
In September 2020, we published this blog which has since reached over 10,000 readers. There are so many words and phrases we use that can be offensive. Overt racism is easy to detect and has been brought to the surface for decades. It includes racial slurs like the “n” word, hate crimes, burning crosses, painting swastikas, violence against immigrants, dressing up in blackface or brownface, blatant use of stereotypes, and more. However, there are things we never knew about racist language which have come to the surface while we are learning to be antiracists.
Furia Rubel is deeply committed to and will continue to purposefully discuss and deepen our knowledge, understanding, and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and antiracism. We strive every day to do better and to be better at our equity, diversity, inclusion, and antiracism efforts to foster an authentic sense of belonging for all.
Furia Rubel reached out to the leaders of every one of our clients to see how they were and how we could support them. The steps, actions, and resources that came out of those conversations can be a helpful resource for other companies trying to pivot to address high-stakes issues in their workplace and the world.
Anti-Racism Resources to Become a Better Ally: UPDATED REGULARLY
Recently, the team at Furia Rubel paused and took time to reflect over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others. This was not a passive pause; we have been filled with rage at injustices, overwhelmed with sadness, moved to action, and are having thoughtful conversations about how to be part of the solution. We are listening, reading, and learning about systemic injustices and the history of racism in America. Here are some anti-racism resources to help move the needle of change.
As anti-racism protests and movements have gained steam over the past few weeks, many supporters are grappling with their next steps. What can we do next to work to create lasting change and make the need for such protests obsolete? For some people, this is a new and maybe somewhat frightening question.
As a way to create social change and right injustices, activism has been a part of human culture throughout human history. Indeed, activism has been at the heart of social change for centuries. But when it comes to the world of commerce, how do businesses approach social and activist movements? How should businesses handle activists within their own ranks?
2020 marks 100 years since suffragists won women the right to vote. Ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment reads, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
It’s increasingly clear to many that our systems are – problematically – performing the way they were designed to. We must choose to create anti-racist systems in our companies and communities instead. We need action plans and perseverance, across sectors, to turn this moment into a lasting movement. Learn more from this Harvard Business Review article written by Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer at Target.
PODCASTS ON DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & ANTI-RACISM.
Leading Through Crisis: Addressing Anti-Racism in the Workplace Amidst Protest and Pandemic: the Furia Rubel corporate communications team
ALLIANCES & COALITIONS ON DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & ANTI-RACISM
PUBLIC RELATIONS INDUSTRY: For professionals and agencies in the public relations industry, consider joining the Diversity Action Alliance. It is a coalition of PR and communications leaders joining forces to accelerate progress in the achievement of meaningful and tangible results in diversity, equity and inclusion across the profession. The Diversity Action Alliance brings together leaders of the world’s top public relations organizations in pursuit of an urgent and critically essential goal: to achieve continuous improvement for under-represented groups as measured by recruitment, retention and representation in management.
LEGAL INDUSTRY: For attorneys and professionals in the legal industry, there is the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance. Its charter states its purpose is “To leverage the resources of the private bar in partnership with legal services organizations to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color and to promote racial equity in the law.”
More than 125 firms across the U.S. that have joined the alliance, which has been featured in several publications, including Lawyer Monthly, Above the Law, The Global Legal Post, and The American Lawyer.
Other coalitions include:
- Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition
- European Network Against Racism
- Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
- World Alliance of YMCAs