Until recently, that’s how many may have imagined anti-Black racism in business: isolated acts of discrimination performed by a prejudiced few.
But the death of George Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old Black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, and the widespread protests that have erupted globally in response, are forcing Canada’s business community to rethink racism.
In the weeks since Floyd’s death, businesses around the world have been scrambling to make diversity pledges.
On June 8, the Financial Times reported that major corporations had recently donated more than $450 million (U.S.) to American civil rights groups. Last month, the Business Council of Canada had more than 130 CEOs sign a statement denouncing all forms of racism.
But anti-racism advocates say corporations will need to go beyond words and donations, particularly as research reveals that systemic racism in offices and executive suites isn’t a deviation from the norm; it is the norm.
I bake without recipes and I credit my Grandma for teaching me. This is a coffee cake made three ways with walnuts, blueberries and just cinnamon. Icing is maple bacon. It was dinner last night with a side of bacon, of course. I had to write down the measurements afterwards-major hit. I only had two squares, which adds at least twelve million pounds instantly to the thighs...So, I bake, therefore I run. 🍮🏃🏻♀️