Updated: Oct 27, 2020
Published in Inside Business Journal
I recently had a heartfelt conversation with a colleague turned friend regarding another pandemic the world is facing: racial and social injustice against the black community.
My friend shared how her place of employment has consistently shared information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic to include weekly meetings and check-ins. What she said is not happening are check-ins and meetings about the well-being of the employees and the clients they serve, regarding the most recent death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a cop.
This ongoing pandemic of racial and social injustice against the black community takes an emotional and mental toll on this community; further oppressing them. For the black community, we see and experience situations such as this much too frequently that, unfortunately, it has become a common occurrence, forcing this to be our reality. My friend, a black female licensed clinical social worker raising black children to include a young black male, is not OK. I am a black mother raising a black son; I am not OK. The black community is not OK. We are not OK.