Problem blindness is when we accept the way things are. We do not recognize that there could be a better way. It is a way to justify not taking action.
If you are human, you are concerned by the arrest and murder of George Floyd and the long list of the other mistreated and murdered people of color. This means you are beginning to recognize the problem. It is upsetting to me that without the viral video, the problem blindness to racism would likely continue unnoticed by many. Now, it is in the spotlight and there is interest to do something to dramatically improve social justice, but how do we start?
Our society rewards reactive responses to problems. We throw resources after the problem and hesitate to put in the effort to prevent the problems in the first place. Firing and charging the offending police officers with murder is an example of a reactive response. It is at least a recognition of the injustice. It does not fix the systemic social issues that are pervasive causes to the problem.
I would normally be talking about ISO management systems and corrective action processes. But today it is time to listen, learn, and take meaningful actions. Today, it is about sharing resources. Innovation Training & Consulting, Inc. is joining the voices calling for equality and equity for people of color, and we are calling on you to stand with us in this fight.
As an attendee and past exhibitor at the Philadelphia Conference for Women, I am committed to fighting racial inequality in our communities and our workplaces. The Conferences for Women have launched a Resource Center for Confronting Racial Injustice. We invite you to visit, learn, and share it with your friends and colleagues. The Resource Center includes formal online training courses, a variety of videos, articles, audio and podcasts, books, influencers to connect to and stay informed, and ways to support black-owned businesses, ways to volunteer, and more.
These anti-racism resources have been curated and are shared here to amplify the voices of Black women and women of color to help us learn and take action together.
In summary, I invite you to look around and start to notice the problem blindness you may be experiencing. Are there processes in your life where you have given up, thinking there are no solutions? That this is just the way things are? Well, there are ways to learn and apply new ways of thinking that make a difference.
We invite you to share in the conversation. Together we can go further and do better.