Oh This World
Oh This World
Jun 8, 2020
Ep. #27: Making Anti-Racism Every Business' Business
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On today's episode, Antoinette leads us through the steps we can all take as consumers, employees and business owners to make sure businesses are keeping anti-racism at the forefront of their agendas.

First, we get a quick correction on the (less-wonderful-than-they-first-appeared) unemployment numbers from last week, and Lucas suggests Austin listeners head over to Grits for Breakfast for an update on a couple of Austin City Council resolutions related to policing that will be considered this week. (Call your council members!)

Then, Antoinette uses a recent NYT piece on the economic risks facing black workers in the COVID-19 era to kickstart a broader conversation about antiracism in the workplace. For the CEPR profile of frontline workers she references, go here. You can find the story on companies bankrolling Tom Cotton here.

What can you do to hold businesses accountable? Antoinette offers a whole bunch of ideas for consumers, employees and business owners throughout the episode.

One immediate call to action: go through your emails and take note of the businesses promising to "do more" on the antiracism front. Keep track of these emails on your phone or computer (Antoinette recommends keeping it all in a folder called RECEIPTS). Flag your calendar to check back in 30, 60 or 90 days to see which companies have kept their promises and how (and if they're not following through, call them out and find other places to conduct your business).

How are you making sure anti-racism is at the forefront of the businesses you frequent? Let us know on Twitter @ohthisworldpod or by email at ohthisworldpod@gmail.com. 

This episode was recorded on Monday, June 8, 2020. 

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