Systemic Racism in the Workplace: Can We Uproot It?

One of the major causes of violent killings around the world is racism. According to Britannica, racism is “the belief that humans may be divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called ‘races’. Because of this, there are institutions that perpetuate discrimination on the basis of one’s race or color of skin.

While many believe that racism and discrimination may only be present on the streets, where morals are oftentimes pushed to the gutters, racialism can also be rampant in workplaces. Many people suffer from what is termed “systemic racism,” which refers to behavioral patterns that create situations wherein some groups are placed at a disadvantage while others are given special treatments or privileges mainly because of the color of their skin.

To be able to put an end to microaggressions in the workplace, concrete steps must be taken to actually make a difference in the lives of the minority in their respected places of work.

Dismantling Systemic Racism

If you want the world to change, you must bring change to the world.

No, you don’t need millions of dollars to make a difference. Taking baby steps within your workplace can make a world of difference in your life, as well as others’.

  • Be an advocate

Educate yourself first on cultural biases, and determine how you can see it within your place of work. Pay attention to people’s complaints, especially when it comes from a person of color.

  • Be active

Encourage the management to review policies that discriminate against an employee because of his or her race. This could include compensation, career opportunities, and support.

  • Be accessible

Introduce yourself to people in power who can make an impact on or influence a person’s career. Provide them your contact information and access to your networks so they can get to know you better.

A few final words

Resistance is expected. When you try to disrupt a system, you can expect others to undermine the changes you are trying to make. But do not lose heart. Everything takes time. What’s important is that you’re off to a good start.

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