Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – 89% of HR employees expect solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Introduction To This Series:

This post is one installment in an ongoing news series: a “living history” of the current national and international uprising for justice.

Today’s movement descends directly from the many earlier civil rights struggles against repeated injustices and race-based violence, including the killing of unarmed Black people. The posts in this series serve as a timeline of the uprising that began on May 26, 2020, the day after a Minneapolis police officer killed an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by kneeling on his neck. The viral video of Floyd’s torturous suffocation brought unprecedented national awareness to the ongoing demand to truly make Black Lives Matter in this country.

The posts in this series focus on stories of the particular killings that have spurred the current uprising and on the protests taking place around the USA and across the globe. Sadly, thousands of people have lost their lives to systemic racial, gender, sexuality, judicial, and economic injustice. The few whose names are listed here represent the countless others lost before and since. Likewise, we can report but a few of the countless demonstrations for justice now taking place in our major cities, small towns, and suburbs.

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89% of HR employees expect solidarity with Black Lives Matter

By Emily Douglas, Human Resources Director Magazine

September 9, 2020

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As Black Lives Matter protests continue to rage on, companies are under immense pressure to declare their support – with press silence speaking volumes in itself.

A recent report from Fishbowl highlighted individual sector opinions on BLM – finding that 89% of HR workers expect their organization to respond with public solidarity for BLM. This was closely followed by 79% of tech employees and 78% of advertising professionals.

Conversely, employees working in the law sector had the lowest percentage of workers expecting their company to peak up, followed by finance employees (57%) and teachers (57%).

Respondents to the survey work at world-leading brands such as IBM, JP Morgan, Facebook, McKinsey, Deloitte, Bank of America, Amazon, Edelman, Nike, Google, KPMG and many more.

Looking at gender, it appears women are more vocal supporters of BLM, with 77% of women wanting a corporate response compared to just 63% of men…

BLM street mural in Charlotte, NC
Black Lives Matter mural in Charlotte, NC’s corporate Uptown. (Photo by Alex Orellano)

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