UnMasked: A Generational Shift in Attitudes About Racial Inequity, Diversity And The Unique Implications for Businesses

February 24, 2021Articles
Westlaw Today

This week, Westlaw Today published an article by Dinsmore partner J.T. Wilson III about the generational shift in attitudes toward racial equity in light of George Floyd's death and about how business owners and employers must react accordingly. An excerpt is below


At various points since mid-March 2020, the COVID-19 global pandemic has forced many businesses to shutter their doors and rapidly reduce the number of employees in their facilities and offices. Some of the workforce moved remote, and by June, the collective consciousness of the country was focused on more than the pandemic, namely on the structural racism that has plagued this country for centuries.

Now, as the economy reopens, consumers re-enter the marketplace and employees return to their workplaces, Millennials and Generation Z (who we colloquially term the "Next Geners") are focusing on the conditions of the institutions they patronize and in which they work.

Their analysis is exposing a disconnect between our society's proclamation of equality and the institutional inequities embedded in the fabric of our great union. It is prompting Next Geners to mobilize to upend institutional racism and amplify public awareness and intolerance to structural inequities.

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They are also unmotivated to accept inequalities for the chance of climbing the corporate ladder and less likely to allow institutionalized structures that perpetuate inequities in any fashion to remain intact. This is an immediate shift that businesses and employers must not only accept, but embrace.


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