“The corporation for me is a theater, and I try to remember to stay in character.”
That’s the blunt response from one African-American executive to a dilemma that dogs many people of color in American workplaces: Even as multicultural fluency is increasingly prized in today’s global business environment, the very people who represent that diversity feel shut out.
Read more here.
Obviously, this is an area where US and UK experiences could be very different, or quite similar. What is immensely difficult is having the conversation, from either side of the fence. This HBR blog post is therefore valuable in raising the issues, and giving managers possible avenues to explore with suitable sensitivity.
Bear in mind as well that African-Americans are the third oldest ethnic group in the USA, so this issue may be relevant for some time.