Globalization of the Black Lives Matter movement last year helped to significantly raise awareness about racism. On Sunday the timely arrival of the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination furthers the momentum generated by the events of 2020. We shouldn’t let this day go by without reflecting on our own biases and how they can adversely affect ourselves and our communities.  

The event comes at an important time as racism is growing in many areas around the world. In addition to concerns raised by the Black Lives Matter movement, the pandemic has also led to rising violence against Asians in some countries. During this time, social distancing has led to greater separation and isolation. Let’s use this opportunity to remember that we are more connected than apart, have more in common than differences, and share similar goals for ourselves and our families.

Changing mindsets is challenging, but through efforts in the workplace and community, we can better relate to each other and broaden our perspective. This is the first step to eliminating biases and nurturing greater compassion. I urge you to take a moment to reflect on how your actions can contribute to these goals and how you interact with and regard those different from you. 

You can learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the website of the United Nations

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Jacques van den Broek

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