We've come a long way, but we have a long way to go.
Since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, we've recognized Dr. King for his leadership, service, and sacrifice for social justice to advance the Civil Rights Movement. Sadly, over 50 years later, we still need to march for social justice. Today we still see ongoing systemic racism and social inequalities imbued within nearly every aspect of life in America. The playing field is still not level, given that issues like access to education, opportunity, pay, representation, voting, and housing are unequal and unfavorable.
Remembering Martin Luther King Is Just A Start
When we remember Dr. King, we need to do more than reflect on his words and deeds all those years ago. We must demonstrate our support of King's racial equality message and demand elected officials implement meaningful policies to advance social justice.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ask What You Can Do Today To Tackle Discrimination
The team at Hanzo realizes that the workplace is an opportunity to break down barriers to racial equality and foster an environment of inclusion. Foundationally becoming aware of unconscious bias is critical. We can educate ourselves, intentionally challenge them, and create new, more accurate associations at work.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Hanzo. We strive to create the space to have open discussions on inequities and continually explore ways to ensure everyone has opportunities. We can emulate Dr. King's service in our work environment and make our culture more diverse and inclusive. These initiatives can sometimes be challenging and uncomfortable because privilege is hard to see and even tougher to admit.
Marching Toward Equality And Equity In The Workplace
Often, the modern workplace discusses diversity and inclusion as a function of the recruitment process. However, necessary considering every qualified talent is, especially those historically underrepresented, this is just the beginning. We must create opportunities, nurture employees' success, and promote equity.
Hanzo is committed to continuously strengthening our culture of inclusion and ensuring equitable access to resources and opportunities. There is no doubt that there's still more work to do. Part of that work is inviting employees to personally shape the programs designed to help connect, advocate for change and amplify their voices.
As we reflect on Dr. King's dream of peaceful change, unity, leadership, and service, we should remember the power of small yet consistent steps for making a meaningful difference. We can institute best practices, reduce racial biases, and support fundamental rights. Our collective efforts to incorporate these practices into our company culture bit by bit will compound so that we have a brighter, fairer, and more inclusive future.