Being a history buff as well as a fan of different cultures, I needed to take a deeper dive to learn more following the murder of George Floyd, the protests and the discourse that followed. Here are the Affirmative Action-related titles that I read (not a ranking, only the sequence in which I read).
I know that I have only scratched the surface. If you have any recommendations or would care to discuss any of the above titles, please let me know. There were so many heart wrenching, jaw dropping, tear-stained stories. So much injustice.
Our country is founded on “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and that "all men are created equal" and yet African Americans, Native Americans, women, the disabled, and other historically disadvantaged groups have been treated as second-class citizens. Many have fought for liberty overseas only to return to fight racial segregation and lynching at home. Many were prohibited from access to good jobs, fair wages, loans to start a new business or own a home. The wealth that gets passed down from generation-to-generation is often due to home equity. Something many blacks weren’t able to benefit from in the post-WWII boom years due to restrictive and discriminatory state laws at the time. Plus, let us not forget that blacks worked under slavery for hundreds (the first colonists brought slaves in 1619) of years at no pay. The civil rights movement was pivotal in pushing for landmark legislation, but black people continue to face an uphill battle in virtually all aspects of life. There continue to be huge disparities in jobs, housing, income, health, wealth and incarceration rates. Affirmative Action is a step in the right direction but we need to go above and beyond “just checking a box.”
If you have any questions about these readings or are passionate about these topics as I am, I encourage you to reach out to me directly.
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As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m a big fan of walking and listening to audiobooks. Another passion of mine that was not mentioned is my love of architecture. So imagine my surprise and curiosity the first time I came upon one of Minneapolis’s “Little Free Libraries,” basically a little bird box structure that houses books that are donated by people in the community. Not only am I drawn to the structure itself, but I always find myself pausing to explore the contents inside. Occasionally I find a diamond in the rough.
We understand Affirmative Action Plans can be a bit overwhelming and slightly intimidating, especially if you haven’t done them in the past. Our team at Optimum Human Resource Systems has created a short, instructional “AAP Basics” white paper. This paper is not meant to make you an expert in Affirmative Action Plans, that's what we are here for. The paper will give you a basic understanding of why AAP’s are done and what is all involved in their creation.