There is nowhere to hide from trauma when you’re a Black person on the internet

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In 2020, it’s become impossible for me to go online without experiencing pain and sadness. There were no words to describe how much I hurt the night I read of Elijah McClain for the first time. I unwillingly came across the story of this 23-year-old autistic Black man on my Instagram timeline. He died last year following a chokehold and a ketamine injection administered by police. Once I was made aware of what happened to him, I saw his story everywhere, including in the fears that I held for my family. Read Full Story

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As a Latino immigrant, I thought I understood the challenges of the Black community. I have a lot to learn

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A CTO contemplates what actions he can take to change his company’s response and his own. As an immigrant from Nicaragua, I’ve been open about the discrimination I have faced in my life. I’ve experienced it from police enforcement, in my professional life, my social life, and even in the affluent suburb where I live. Many of these instances were microaggressions , rolled out over time that I don’t even notice them anymore. I do, however, distinctly remember the difference in pay I received in past jobs. And I remember meeting to discuss the acquisition of a company I founded with its CEO, who completely ignored my title and instead, thought I was a sales development representative. Read Full Story

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I’ve asked to work remotely for years. It’s painful to watch companies finally comply

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As a black queer woman with cerebral palsy who has written professionally for years, it’s hard to see publications suddenly making accommodations they told me were impossible. “I have questions,” was my first thought when I learned at the beginning of March that so many publications were switching to remote work due to COVID-19. I’m not saying this was the wrong thing to do. Far from it. Ensuring that writers and editors can work remotely is imperative to helping everyone stop the spread of the virus. Social distancing is keeping people like myself, who are the most vulnerable, much safer. Read Full Story

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How industries can deliver transformational change for Black professionals

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As a Black female professional, this VP of strategy explains how she had to fight every day to be seen, heard, taken seriously, and viewed as competent and capable. Here are three things companies can do to change that for others. There’s nothing like a videoconference grid to remind you that you are the only one. I have spent the majority of my time in corporate America as the only one on a team, in the room, and one of only a few within an organization. Read Full Story

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3 experts on how to raise anti-racist kids

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Toys and books can help kids process race and racism, but parents need to put in the work. Over the past two weeks, as I’ve watched the biggest civil rights movement in decades take hold of America, I’ve wanted to bring my 4-year-old daughter into the conversation about racial justice. The problem is, every time I try to talk to her about it I stumble. Recently, she’s been asking questions about the protesters who gather in our neighborhood with hand-drawn Black Lives Matter signs. But I don’t know how to start talking about the fight for racial justice without addressing police brutality or slavery. Read Full Story

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I’m one of NYC’s only Black CrossFit gym owners. Here’s why I’m not disaffiliating—yet

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Christopher Sainsbury shares the demands Black gym owners have made amid the company’s initial silence on Black Lives Matter and founder Greg Glassman’s racist comments. For well over a week after George Floyd’s death, CrossFit remained silent, even as mass protests swept the country and countless brands pledged solidarity with the Black community. When CrossFit founder Greg Glassman did eventually comment—on an internal Zoom call that was leaked to BuzzFeed News —he floated conspiracy theories, questioned the motives of protestors, and asked gym owners why he should mourn Floyd’s death. “We’re not mourning for George Floyd, I don’t think me or any of my staff are,” he claimed. Read Full Story

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I was diagnosed with ADHD at 30. It’s changed how I think about productivity

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The more I learned about it, the more I realized how pervasive its effects were on my life. I’ve been productivity-obsessed for years. Books, blogs, podcasts—you name it, I’ve probably inhaled it, and if I haven’t? Let me grab a pen and write down the name. So when my therapist asked me if I had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, I felt like my world had been tipped upside down. I knew all of my problems already (or so I thought), and—at 30 years old—I couldn’t have ADHD. Read Full Story

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