Scars Of Racism: What Should Leaders Know About How Microaggressions Blight Black Careers

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Much has been written about racial microaggressions and how they impact the professional careers of Black employees, yet there is not enough being done to support those employees through the subsequent trauma. In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, leaders have sought to develop conversations around race. Many have claimed allegiance with the cause of supporting a better experience for their Black and Brown employees.However, racial microaggressions have blighted the careers of many Black employees leading to less fulfilled careers and mental anguish. Is correcting structural barriers enough or is it time for leadership to engage in actions that seek to address the personal trauma Black employees have suffered?

Racial microaggressions have negatively impacted the careers of Black and Brown employees

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Racism, and its associated microaggressions, have scarred the careers of Black and Brown employees for generations, across all industries. The systemic barriers and trauma that they have endured, have scarred them in ways which have hitherto, been ignored. As society makes attempts to address structural inequalities and enhance the levels of inclusion within leadership, is there not, at the very least, space to explore the lasting effects of microaggressions, as we seek to make change?

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