By Carole Copeland Thomas
I have been teaching and training racial, ethnic, and diversity topics for more than 30 years. Even though the language has changed from affirmative action strategies to diversity, equity, and inclusion incentives, the fundamentals are the same. People often fear those who are different from themselves and are controlled by that fear when making crucial personal and professional decisions.
The same is true about race. It's a simple social construct that has ruled American and British cultural norms for centuries. (Read my commentary about race by clicking HERE.) Yet, the fear factor about race grips our emotions and ends up often hurting, harassing, and hindering people who have brown or black skin.
That's why attending the US UK Summit on Race is so important. It's designed to discern racial fact from fiction so that you come away from our discussions with more clarity and confidence in how you approach this subject.
The US UK Summit on Race is designed to draw you into the conversation regardless of who you are or where you live. It will give you a unique opportunity to speak directly to someone from another country. You will have a chance to figure out if your perspective on race is sound, superficial, or just plain silly.
The Summit may make you uncomfortable, and if it does, congratulations. Discomfort is an important ingredient in growing toward a better awareness level in how to expand racial equity for all. The Summit may draw out raw emotions that will cause you to examine your own level of unconscious bias and how it impacts your colleagues, staff members, family, or friends.
The US UK Summit on Race is for anybody who doesn't have ALL of the answers to solve our social justice and societal issues. It's for the curious and the confused. It's for the anxious and for the apologetic. It's for the motivated and the misinformed. It's for those who are determined and those who are discouraged. It's for the eager and for those emerging from fake news, false promises, and faulty expectations.
The US UK Summit on Race is for truth-seekers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and all the continents under the sun.
Join us on Saturday, May 22nd, from 12:00 Noon to 3 pm EDT, and get ready to take off in a new direction where racial equity and cross-cultural understanding await you with open arms of inclusiveness. You'll find complete information at www.mssconnect.com.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.