This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. As America reels from the heart-rending images of racial injustice we are left asking what we can do. Any true effort calls for us to lean into change, and here is James Jackson III executive director of the Utah Black Chamber of Commerce to tell us how.
JAMES JACKSON III
As we mourn the loss of life associated with brutality and abuse perpetuated by racism and discrimination, it serves not only as a reminder that our work for equality, opportunity and justice is not finished, but as a call to action. We cannot let this moment pass without bringing about change, and there is much our business and political leaders can do to foster inclusion. Examine your leadership team. Create employee resource groups. Reach out and invite others – particularly minority members of your community – to assess your strengths and weaknesses, and to help you affect real change. Collaborate on solutions constructively, without expecting only your diverse employees to shoulder the burden in pushing for justice. Real change will come only when we are working together.
We don’t have all of the answers, but we know we need to ask the right questions. As a business community we are prepared to do just that. Utah’s Black Chamber of Commerce and the Salt Lake Chamber are committed to work together to find understanding and answers together.
I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, and this is Speaking on Business.