One of the major sentiments that emerged following the killing of George Floyd two years ago was that racism and racial inequities were not problems to be solved exclusively by Black Americans. White people, specifically, have a key role — if not the main role — in addressing these issues.
While that sentiment remains strong, For(bes) the Culture decided to commemorate Floyd's death by focusing on the unique and informative perspectives of Black people. We have three stories where we're providing space for Black voices to reflect on what's changed these past 24 months, what hasn't changed, and how they feel about it all.
In one piece, we've partnered with The Harris Poll to survey Black Americans on their feelings about safety, stress and racial equity efforts. One notable finding: while three in five Black Americans feel safe in this country, a third of respondents said they feel less safe today than they did two years ago. (And this poll was conducted before the May 14 shooting massacre in Buffalo that killed 10 people, including eight Black people.) Raquel "Rocky" Harris has this story.
The second piece is a series of "As Told To" interviews, put together by Forbes staff writers. In it, we've interviewed 11 Black leaders — including activist DeRay McKesson, marketing executive Bozoma Saint John and attorney Theodore Wells Jr. — on how Floyd's killing changed society and even themselves.
In the last piece, I explore how the dialogue about racial equity has changed a lot, but changes in outcomes really haven't. Folks should know symbolic victories don't really move the needle and patronizing never works, but somehow we still got pitched Juneteenth ice cream from Walmart. (The company nixed the plans and apologized).
In addition to our George Floyd package, we encourage you to check out or new live interview series dubbed "Black Capital and Culture," where I'll speak with Black leaders and luminaries about business, culture, life and where things are headed. I can't end without paying homage to the late, great Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace, who would've been 50 this month. Here's a dope conversation on Sway's Universe with Wallace's son, C.J., and journalist/author Justin Tinsley.
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