Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gender equality in a corporate workplace

This blog is about racism in the world but I felt compelled to share this. I watched an online video recently that had an open forum with business leaders from around the world to discuss the gender parity in the corporate workplace. It's a long video but well worth the time to watch. Leave comments on what you think.

Companies perform better if their female talent is equally integrated, but a decade of data reflects only marginal change in this area. How can we move beyond awareness towards action? In partnership with the World Economic Forum, CNBC hosts this debate focusing on gender parity.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Racist announcement at Walmart store

Apparently at a Walmart store in Washington Township, in southern New Jersey, someone got on the public-address system Sunday evening and said, "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now." You can read more about it on Yahoo.

Shoppers in the store at the time said a manager quickly got on the public-address system and apologized for the remark. And while it was unclear whether a rogue patron or an employee was responsible for the comment, many customers expressed their anger to store management.

"I want to know why such statements are being made, because it flies in the face of what we teach our children about tolerance for all," said Sheila Ellington, who was in the store at the time with a friend. "If this was meant to be a prank, there's only one person laughing, and it's not either one of us."

Ellington, of Monroe, and her friend Patricia Covington said they plan to boycott the retailer until they're assured the issue has been addressed so it doesn't happen again.

The pair said they were stunned when they heard the announcement and initially believed they had misheard it. But once the words sank in, they grew angry.