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The Edit: a year later
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The Edit

The Edit: a year later

In this week’s edit we look at the year following George Floyd’s murder, preventing further pandemics and the role of businesses in the 21st century.
26th May 2021

A year after the murder of George Floyd, the world erupted in what has become perhaps the biggest civil rights movement in history. Up to 26 million people are estimated to have protested in The United States alone. 

The Black Lives Matter movement, which was first created in 2013, had a global resurgence – sweeping across the world as protesters from Europe to Asia showed their support to African-Americans while also calling for racial reform in their own countries. 

In this week’s edit, we look at some of the most powerful pieces marking the anniversary of Floyd’s death, alongside the future of business and how we can invest in pandemic prevention. How has Black history been altered by racism? What does the future of work look like? How can we all strive to contribute to an anti-racist workplace, society and world? 

This is our edit of the global conversation on purpose.

  • An in-depth timeline of the year since George Floyd was murdered, accompanied by powerful images (The New York Times). 
  • Dambisa Moyo on what the role of boards and corporations in the 21st century is, and what it should be in the future (McKinsey).
  • A century on from The Tulsa Massacre, where a white mob destroyed over 1000 homes and businesses and killed hundreds of residents, the economic damage lingers (The Atlantic). 
  • How a plant based diet is not just good for the planet, but one of the best ways to prevent further pandemics occurring (The Conversation). 
  • Hours before George Floyd was murdered, across the country, a white woman called the police on a Black man who was birdwatching in Central Park. Here is why both are critical in understanding race and policing in America (Fast Company). 
  • An infographic on bouncing back from failure, particularly when investments stall or fail (Raconteur). 
  • As bosses begin to return to the office and give up the working-from-home life, are workers going to be harder to convince? (The Financial Times). 
  • George Floyd’s murder lit a fire, but the kindling had been piling up for years: how institutional racism is centuries in the making (The Guardian). 

Some words to reflect on:

“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.”

Ijeoma Oluo

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