Why White People Urgently Need to get Better at Talking about Race

Last week one of my colleagues asked a group of predominantly white leaders how comfortable they felt talking about race with their teams. In doing this, she opened up a rich and emotional conversation - uncomfortable, imperfect and crucial.


The team had already been involved in creating company action in response to the murder of George Floyd - action involving a $1m donation and 75,000 hours dedicated to volunteering on Juneteenth, with an educational internal campaign to ensure that this volunteer time will be meaningfully spent. 


But this was a subtler thing - a question about the comfort of leaders in their ability to talk about race at all. As the only black woman in the room, It shouldn’t have fallen on her to raise the question.