"lots of people who are not versed in conversations about privilege, access and inclusion can have a difficult time when they’re brought into one without expecting it."
Extremely well put, if no less *head against wall frustration*. A related read from Anil Dash: racist culture is a factory defect
the best companies can do when they make something offensive in culture is to explain the method of manufacture for their broken contribution to culture. The tedious, familiar pattern of issuing a non-apology apology (“We’re sorry if anyone was offended…”) and then trying to bury the entire conversation doesn’t make things better, and it puts the burden on the victims of these misadventures to right the wrongs, instead of laying it at the feet of their creators, as should be rightly done.
Although I do completely, entirely and fundamentally disagree with the idea that “the ones privileged with the understanding and education about these issues…owe it to the communities we represent to carry this burden sometimes even though it’s not fair.” I agree that it’s not fair. I disagree with the premise that oppressed communities owe their oppressors anything at all.
Country Clubs and Deliberate Design - Anil Dash