Hey everyone and welcome to Business Casual. I’m your host Kinsey Grant. I want to start by saying three simple words that bear repeating this day and every single day: Black lives matter.
Because as so many people around the country, my colleagues at Morning Brew included, have said over the last few days...George Floyd’s life matters. Breonna Taylor's life matters. Ahmaud Arbery's life matters. Black lives matter.
Yet across the United States, in cities of all sizes, there is unrest. And that unrest is rooted in underserved and overprofiled groups being subjected to brutality, injustice, and inequality for centuries.
Throughout the last week, some in the business community have stepped up, offering supportive words and more importantly, actions to back those words up. Others have been silent. But silence is compliance.
We’re asking you to take that time to instead listen, read, or watch content that elevates black voices, black stories, and black businesses.
If you’re looking to listen to some great podcasts, here’s what we at Business Casual and Morning Brew recommend:
- The 1619 Project from the New York Times Magazine is a multimedia initiative that began last August to mark the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It reframes American history by exploring the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans. Check out the entire project on the Times’s site, and listen to the podcast portion, simply called 1619.
- We’re also huge fans of NPR’s Code Switch. The podcast covers what they call “overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.” Can you think of a better time to start educating ourselves on that overlap? I can’t.
- And finally, The Ringer’s show Higher Learning has an episode titled “The Importance of the Nationwide Protests Over George Floyd’s Death.” If you want insight on where we go from here, this has it.
If you’d like to read instead of listen, we recommend...
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo has been recommended online endlessly over the last several days, and there’s a reason for that. The book explores why white people feel so uncomfortable talking about race. It’s time to talk about it, and it’s important to understand why that can feel so unnerving for some groups.
- For a better understanding of the historical challenges of being black and doing business, read Hannibal Johnson’s “Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District.”
- Another option? Read some of the classics by black authors including Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, and Maya Angelou.
And if you’re looking for something to watch…
- Rachel Cargle’s YouTube video titled “Public Address On Revolution: Revolution Now” is a moving assessment of today’s reality. Rachel, who’s an academic and advocate at the intersection of race and womanhood, addresses what’s going on today with a three-pronged approach of Knowledge, Empathy, Action.
- And on Netflix, check out 13th from Ava Duvernay to understand the U.S. prison system’s history of racial inequality.