Racism at Work
Author: Binna Kandola – The Danger of Indifference
Review by: Madeleine Field
This book takes you right into the heart of racism at work today and the consequences for all of us. The meticulous referencing gives the opportunity to explore further the complex layers that have mutated overt racism to the less obvious, but no less powerful, subtler and nuanced racism of today.
The illustrations and case studies bring the research and theories to life, showing the ways in which the levels of unconscious bias are numerous and well ingrained, reinforcing prejudice in the everyday examples given of doctor/patient relationships and judges’ decisions.
This book takes you right into the heart of racism at work today and the consequences for all of us. The level of information and clarity about the history of racism gives a stark insight into how a world without colour was changed by the white societal construct of a race based society. As I read through the lens of my own life lived, my increased awareness of how racism today is “less likely to be a desire to cause actual harm but as a lack of willingness to help” brings home the responsibility on all of us who are in a position through our work to influence and make the right decisions.
The silent benefits of privilege, in-groups and out-groups, networks and recommendations, all are sharply observed as they favour or discriminate throughout our working lives.
A book for sharing and discussion, the case studies bring racism to life right now in sport, culture and work. The final chapter brings a call to action, with rules for leaders, HR, L&D and for reducing bias, leaving this reviewer with renewed determination to make a difference.
Madeleine Field – Head of Diversity and Inclusion at FDM Group