Written by Kelly McDonald and Narrated by Pam Atherton. 

Over the course of your career, you’ve probably heard people at work say something that was racist, sexist, demeaning, or offensive, even if it wasn’t directed at you. You may not have said anything or done anything about it, because, when it comes to work, it can be hard to speak up.

Every company has its own culture and, in many organiza­tions, the easiest thing to do is to let it go. After all, we’re talking about your job. You have to work with these people, day in and day out. You think to yourself, “It’s not smart to rock the boat. Just let it go.” But it gnaws at you.

Here’s why “letting it go” is not the answer and why it makes you feel even worse:

  • Those who make offensive, rude, and demeaning comments will continue to do so unless they are called out on it. They may not even know that what they’re saying is wrong—or why it’s wrong— but they sure won’t understand that it’s unacceptable if no one tells them.

  • Offensive comments hurt and cause damage. For the target or recipient of the comment, they can be devastating. But others are also hurt by such comments. It’s hard to hear a demeaning com­ment directed at someone you work with. And it’s excruciatingly painful and awkward to witness someone being bullied or victim­ized by offensive comments. Even if you’re just a bystander, not participating in the conversation at all, you can feel how awful and wrong it is, and it will affect you.

  • If no one speaks up to confront a racist, sexist, homophobic, or xenophobic comment, onlookers will feel guilt. They know the offensive comment is wrong. They know someone should say something and stop it. If no one does, they will feel both personal and collective guilt. While these two kinds of guilt are different, the combination of them is highly destructive. Here is an explanation of each kind of guilt...

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It's Time to Talk about Race at Work

It's Time to Talk about Race at Work: Every Leader's Guide to Making Progress on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
by Kelly McDonald

book cover of It's Time to Talk about Race at Work by Kelly McDonaldIn It's Time to Talk about Race at Work, acclaimed speaker and bestselling author Kelly McDonald delivers a much-needed roadmap for business people. This book will help you successfully create a fair and equitable workplace that recognizes diverse talent and fosters productive and constructive conversations in your organization.

This book shows you exactly what to do and how to do it so that you can make real progress on diversity and inclusion, regardless of the size of your organization. 

For more info and/or to order this book, click here. Also available as an Audiobook and a Kindle edition.

About the Author

photo of Kelly McDonaldWhat does a blond haired, blue-eyed, White woman know about diversity? Kelly McDonald is considered one of the nation’s top experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion, leadership, marketing, the customer experience, and consumer trends. She is the founder of McDonald Marketing, which has twice been named one of the “Top Ad Agencies in the U.S.” by Advertising Age magazine and ranked as one of the fastest-growing independently-owned companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine.

Kelly is a sought-after speaker and was named one of the “10 Most Booked Speakers in the U.S.”. She is the author of four bestselling books on diversity & inclusion, marketing, the customer experience and leadership. When she’s not on the road speaking, she enjoys boxing (yes, boxing, not kickboxing) – and shopping for high heels.

Visit her website at McDonaldMarketing.com

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