Opinion | Post-George Floyd ‘racial judgment’ missed other inequalities
In 2019, a Human Rights Watch report found strong evidence of racial bias in police services. However, he also revealed that a significant part of the disparities can be explained by “the concentration of the police in high poverty neighborhoods, which are more often communities of color”. Its authors gently ask if policing is “an appropriate response” rather than “tackling the problems” in places with more resources.
Mr Mckesson was one of the many people I spoke to this week who are close to a frenzied class tension that has escalated over the past year: the divide between the slow and difficult struggle against the Poor police services and social injustice in the communities most affected by these people. turmoil, and the dizzyingly rapid pivot to the vocabulary and posture of anti-racism in some workplaces and white-collar industries. (Even the CIA)
Arisha Hatch, vice president and head of campaigns for the nonprofit Color Of Change, which consults directly with large private and public institutions on social justice initiatives, called it “the tension between some of the very things. effective and visible that occurred in stride. of the George Floyd murder versus how, or whether, people continued to present themselves and make real changes.
According to philanthropic monitoring organization Frankly, the majority of dollars donated to racial equity causes in America since 2008 have been donated in the weeks following Mr. Floyd’s death. Including Apple, who announced a $ 100 million “Racial Equity and Justice Initiative” in 2020. But as the Verge reported, that’s only 0.18% of the company’s profits in 2019 – or put another way, in theory, Apple “could have recouped all of its $ 100 million the same day it announced the initiative.”
Color of Change is currently pushing large companies to undertake “racial equity audits, much the same way companies do environmental impact audits,” Hatch explained. Disclosing them publicly, she said, could “jeopardize” the effort as talks continue.
Many powerful companies that see themselves as progressive continue to actively lobby against the kind of federal tax increase that is necessary, by current budget standards, if greater investments in physical and social infrastructure are to be made in communities. underserved color. And these communities are being monitored aggressively, in part because many residents grapple with the stress and social disorder that scarcity creates and some have to look to “Informal economies” to get by, according to journalists and researchers like Dr. Steven Thrasher, author of “The Viral Underclass: How Racism, Ableism and Capitalism Plague Humans on The Margins.”
Corporate America’s Fortune 500 level – which was recently praised by the general public when more than 100 Leaders have taken the step of speaking out against voting rights abuses – continuing to cut the salaries of their working class employees, who are disproportionately black, in the service of steadily rising incomes.