The original article published by Harvard Business Review.
The United States is in crisis. As we write this article, videos of racial violence and racist threats toward Black people in America flood social and news media channels. Public demonstrations against injustice are happening in at least 30 localities. During non-violent protests, other parties have engaged in vandalism and looting, spurring varied and often disproportionate police response. Several cities are burning, while Covid-19 continues to rage throughout the country, hitting minority communities the hardest.
Laura Morgan Roberts is a professor of practice at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and the co-editor of Race, Work and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience (Harvard Business Press, 2019).