2 comments on “Race Relations and The Workplace: The Role of Human Resources

  1. It is so cliche to talk about speaking “outside of your comfort zone,” but that is exactly what we need. That is easier said than done. We don’t talk about it for several reasons. Perhaps a blog post of my own about my personal experiences as a race relations/equal opportunity officer while serving in the military would help someone, but mostly it would be perceived as a self serving, self righteous commentary that begs the question about “Look at me. I’m not a racist.” If you know me, you know the answer to that, but much commentary like this is a matter of misconception and misplaced perception than it is a benefit to society as a whole. Talking about race relations is not usually a lens focused on the problem, but a mirror that reflects the speaker’s bias.

    Are any of us perfect? Is that why we are afraid to talk about it? Is there some hidden bias that we don’t want others to see? One of my pet gripes as a white male is that many black’s have a preconceived notion as to how I think. Please, let me know how I can honestly contribute to a discussion about race relations without playing on a level field. When we arrive at that answer, we can begin to fix things. Does it only take the courage to speak out? I think not. It takes the courage to listen as well.


  2. Outstanding post! I am proud of you for writing this and addressing the issue head on–well done. I will pass this on to my network. Thanks for writing this profound post.


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