Standing Up (or Staying Seated)

Today is the last day of Black History Month in the US, UK, and Canada. 

I came across this modern depiction of Rosa Parks and couldn't stop smiling from ear to ear. Come to think of it, this makes me want to invite her to my "If you could have dinner with 4 people, dead or alive..." dinner party.

The reason why she had to say, "Nah" in 1955 is deplorable and unthinkable to educated people today. Yet still, I challenge the claim that we've corrected it entirely. Unconscious bias exists around and in all of us. And please note that I do not pose this as a question. It's a statement.

One of the most prominent places that unconscious bias lives is at work. It presides across all minorities and shows up in unequal pay, our perceptions of what the boss "should" look like, and our choice of language. And if you're one of those people who proclaim with certainty, "I do not have biases," then check this out. The genius Malcolm Gladwell will make you think twice (and did I mention that he's half-Jamaican?). Then, you can take the test for yourself.

Thank you for saying, "Nah," Rosa Parks. Let's keep your work alive.

 

Image from french by design

Posted on February 29, 2016 and filed under Spiritual Gangster, Global Views.