Washington, DC, The Healing of America - Part 2

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How to Heal a Country - Part 2

In Part 1, we explored historical events in America that contributed to the divide, including the Civil War.

Many Americans were left feeling like outsiders and they didn't see themselves represented in their political leaders.

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Now that we are back on firmer footing, how do we find a way to change the system from within?

There are several things I see that give me hope.

There's a new president in Washington D.C.

Biden has a reputation for listening and building bridges across party lines.

He may be successful within the current political system, within the established elites.

The Bidens return to Washington DC for Presidents Day.

It will remain to be seen if he will be able to build bridges outside of the establishment.

He has to connect with voters who don’t see themselves in him or the other members of his party.

He has said that he’s a transitional president, one that will bridge the years between the elitists of today and the new wave of younger politicians to come.

Harris has many advantages.

She is black, female, and Asian, creating connections with many disadvantaged groups.

Her efforts to make connections and support the disadvantaged are already being felt in the actions taken by the President on his first day in office.

Kamala Harris speaks in Washington DC. Her first speech as Vice President of The United States.

There’s a deeper problem.

We can mandate equality in representation by setting requirements for the numbers of women or people of color holding top positions.

We can impose quotas on educational institutions, opening up opportunities for more marginalized people.

We can create opportunities for under-represented groups, becoming more inclusive by listening to representatives of LGBTQIA communities.

This works to some extent but it doesn’t address systemic racism or the systemic bias that exists in the system.

Until we recognize there are deeper issues, it won’t resolve the problems.

The political system, like so many others, is skewed in favor of wealthy Ivy-league-educated males.

  • Like is attracted to like.
  • Law firms recruit from the alma matter of their partners.
  • It’s often who you know that gets you the interview or the opportunity.

There is a way forward if we choose to embrace it.

Bridges are being built between Black and Indigenous communities with some success.

We’ve supported endeavors to increase the percentage of women in business as well.

There are improvements to be made.

For example, women now make up a larger portion of the workforce but have been slow to obtain representation in senior management.

If we take these ideas and improve on them, perhaps there is a way to build bridges for poor and marginalized whites as well.

It will require an organized and concentrated effort to build bridges between Black, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, businesses, and communities.

If we add in disadvantaged white communities, we may reach some of the marginalized voters who are still feeling left behind.

Specific tools such as diverse programming, training, and network building to support and uplift candidates are required.

Businesses and educational institutions are to be encouraged through the establishment of major business awards, and national events that celebrate their progress in increasing diversity across the board.

CEO’s of large and smaller businesses must commit to supporting each other in improving opportunities for removing barriers and addressing systemic racism using practical tools.

  • The creation of listening forums that encourage the sharing of individual experiences.
  • If we focus on the identification of areas of unconscious bias that exist, with the view to educating ourselves and minimizing them we may be able to address a large issue.
  • It’s important to share what works and what doesn’t.
  • Working with the board of directors, a business must establish independent diversity councils that are themselves diverse, so they can identify problem areas and make suggestions for improvements.
  • We must make a clear commitment to measuring diversity and race statistics, in order to better understand and manage discrimination.

Discrimination holds us all back.

Systemic problems can be addressed if we see them.

"The nation’s capital is also full of year-round ways to honor the African American experience at museums and memorials". Visit Washington DC
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