From Ally to Accomplice: How to Support Black Women at Work

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In the last few weeks, we have seen an incredible amount of activism on foot and across social media as companies, influencers, and everyday people have grown more vocal in sharing words of encouragement, support, and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Words like “diversity,” “equity,” and “inclusion” are trending, Black-owned business sales are climbing, and books centered around themes like white fragility and racial equity work are sold out in many places.

White colleagues and friends have reached out through text, DMs, and email channels to share their shock and sadness around the many ways in which racism manifests in our society and inflicts harm on Black people. While the emotional check-ins often come from a well-meaning place, it can add extra strain for Black women who often wear the added burden of emotional labor when fielding inquiries,…

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